Betty Mae (Kimmel) Baxter

April 20, 1924 ‒ September 29, 2016

Delaware, Ohio

Betty Mae (Kimmel) Baxter, Delaware resident, passed away on Thursday, September 29th at her home following a nine month illness.

She was born April 20, 1924 to the late Fanny (Hoverman) and Ralph Kimmel in Rockford, Ohio then grew up in Mercer, Ohio. Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Odus Baxter, a daughter, Sondra Kay, and brothers, Gerald, William and Paul. Betty is survived by her brother, Retired Col. Robert Kimmel of Riverside, California, her devoted sons, Bruce (Nancy) of Findlay, Brent (Sharon) of Delaware, three grandchildren, Courtney (Ben Harris) of Columbus, Chad (Chelsi) of Atlanta, and Kirsten (Wade McAfee) of Radnor. Also surviving are two great grandchildren, Zada Mae Harris and Braxton McAfee.

Betty married Odus Baxter in September of 1945 in Mercer then moved to Delaware in 1954. Together they purchased a restaurant named Oleano’s and worked there until they purchased Delaware Recreation Lanes. In 1961, Odie’s brother, Don, and his wife, Doris, joined Betty and Odie in building Delaware Lanes. The business grew and the bonus was all the friends they made along the way. They enjoyed spending summers at Lake Erie fishing and playing cards with friends.  Odie and Betty retired from the business in 1985, which gave them the freedom to pursue other interests. They were also avid sports fans and golfers.  Golf was Betty’s very favorite pastime and the one she was most sad to give up in the later years.  Betty and Odie enjoyed wintering in DeLeon Springs, Florida.  They enjoyed golfing with their friends and frequenting their favorite watering holes.

In later years, Betty spent less time in Florida and eventually moved back to Delaware permanently. She was the consummate sports fan (all sports, all seasons) and kept busy with crafts and crocheting. She loved visits from friends and most of all, her family.

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 4 –7 pm at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware and where funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in Radnor Cemetery.

Contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to OhioHealth/HomeReach Hospice, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, OH 43214.

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  • Bruce and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was a long time friend to many in Delaware through the lanes as well as being your Mom. Bowling with Betty was always fun and left me with a lot of great memories.
    I will be out of town next week so I wanted to be sure to send you my prayers for peace and wonderful memories to last you a lifetime.
    Love to you all,

  • Great memories of Betty and being a great coach of our bowling and keeping all ofnus on the straight and narrow. Mom, Aunt Mary Helen Inglish and I loved meeting up with her in Deleon Springs or Deland for a lunch and they would have great stories to share. The legend of Betty Baxter will live on as she touched so many. Rest in peace. Prayers to all her family.

  • To the family and friends I am sorry about your great loss, my deepest condolences goes out to you all. May you find comfort and strength in the days to come. 1 Corth 1:3-4

  • Brent and family,

    My deepest sympathy to you and your loved ones. I never met your Mother, but, Jim spoke of her. I’m sure you have many fond memories of her, as he did.
    “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure”.
    My thoughts are with you at this time.

  • So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. As a teen, she took me under her wing, gave me a job at the Lanes, was more or less my second Mom. So many great memories of Betty and Odie. I don’t get back home that much anymore, but sure will miss stopping in to see my dear friend. My condolences to Bruce, Brent, their families and to all who knew Betty. Heaven has gained a special angel. Until we meet again, rest in peace Betty. Love you and miss you ❤️❤️❤️

  • Sorry for your loss. I would like to share Jesus promise of John 5:28,29 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”

  • Betty and Odie were my dad’s (Herb Hammond) longtime friends. They would fish together on Lake Erie. Dad’s friendship with them grew even stronger as he bowled at Delaware Lanes and worked there from time to time. They are all together now and can enjoy the special bond of friendship once again. My condolences to the family. Tanya Evans

  • Losing a loved one is very heavy load to bare. May you find comfort in the Bible’s promise at Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”