Betty Mae (Kimmel) Baxter
April 20, 1924 ‒ September 29, 2016
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.
To share a fond memory of Betty or to offer a condolence to her family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com