Celebrating the life of Betty M. Baehr
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A private family memorial will be held at a later date with Gresser Funeral Home and burial at Crown Hill Cemetery, Orrville, OH.
Betty was born in Stark County at Massillon City Hospital, July 10, 1926. She was the oldest child of the late Howard M. & Eva I. (Stinson) Kimberlin. She graduated from Orrville High School, Class of 1944 and attended Kent State University. She married A. Wayne Baehr, September 9, 1946. He preceded her in death on December 1, 1987. Betty was the fifth generation of Samuel Taggart, who with his brother, Robert Taggart and Judge Smith Orr, founded the city of Orrville. Her great, great grandfather Samuel’s house was the first house built in Orrville and still stands on East Fike Avenue.
Betty was a homemaker and was devoted to her family, church and community. She was a life member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, having served on all committees. She was a den mother, PTA President, treasurer of Band Parents at Orrville High School, Mother’s Study Club, former member of Tuesday Book Club, Research Club, Board of Trustees of the Orrville Museum, and a member of the same bridge club for 55 years. Betty treasured the years she served as a member of the Orrville City Schools Board of Education. She was the first woman to serve as President of the BOE. During her tenure, Title IX was adopted, the first permanent improvement levy was passed, and new wings were added to the music and athletic departments at Orrville High School.
For the past sixteen plus years, Betty lived at the Linden Creek Condominium Association and was the board president for about twelve years. She greatly appreciated her neighbors, their friendship and support. Although Betty’s failing vision may have limited her ability to see her friends’ faces, it never interfered with her joy and love for her school classmates and her many friends. On the committees that she served, she truly valued and respected other’s opinions and opposing viewpoints. She drew great satisfaction from knowing that their work and decisions always tried to focus on the positive to achieve the best possible outcomes. And just like her dad, her sharp mind and considerable knowledge of Orrville’s proud history, helped make her a valuable resource and fact checker for others doing local research.
Betty is survived by son, Michael (Helen) Baehr and daughter, Kathy (Ken) Mast, four grandchildren, Jeannine (Kevin) Wiese, Robert (April) Baehr, Jennifer (Chad) Stauffer, Stephanie Mast and eight great grandchildren, a sister, Martha (Bernard) Williard, and sister-in-law, Jean Kimberlin, and several nieces & nephews.
Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, James H., February 14, 2002, and her parents and brother, William H. (Bill) Kimberlin, January 31, 1990
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