Betty E. Birrell 1921-2013

KINSMAN – Betty E. Birrell, 92, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at her home.

She was born March 18, 1921, in Detroit, the daughter of Della Markle and Thomas Robert Collins.

Betty was a 1938 graduate of Eastern High School in Detroit. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit and finished her bachelor’s degree at Youngstown College. Betty earned her master’s degree in reading at Kent State University. She married Adam Bone, who was killed in action on D-Day. Betty married Robert George Birrell Sr. on Oct. 3, 1947. She was a teacher for the Joseph Badger School System for many years, retiring in 1980, and was responsible for starting the Title 1 reading program at Badger. In her retirement, Betty assisted her husband at the A. G. Birrell Company in Kinsman.

She was a member of Kinsman Presbyterian Church since moving to Kinsman in 1947. Betty was a Sunday school teacher for many years and also served as deacon, trustee and was a member of Session. She served on the board of the Kinsman Free Public Library, was a member and past president of the former Business and Professional Women Association and was a member of the Kinsman Order of Eastern Star. Betty loved to read and to travel.

Survivors include two sons, Robert G. Birrell Jr. of Kinsman and Andrew G. (Lisa) Birrell of Key West, Fla.; a sister, June (James) Arby of Naples, Fla.; two granddaughters, Emily and Nicole; and a great-granddaughter, Makyla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Adam Bone; her second husband, Bob Birrell; a son Donald Bone; a daughter, Nancy Birrell; two sisters, Shirley Collins and Ruth Henke; and a brother, Roy Collins.

The family will receive friends at a meet-and-greet from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Kinsman Presbyterian Church, 6383 Church St., Kinsman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Church, the Kinsman Historical Society or to the Friends of the Kinsman Library.

Arrangements were handled by Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service of Kinsman, where an online guestbook is available at

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