Betty Eileen Kemper, 86 , formally of Jeromesville, Ohio, died Saturday, January 11, 2014 in the Kingston Healthcare Center in Ashland. She was born March 8, 1927 in Adams Township of Seneca County, the daughter of Raymond A. and Mary Catherine Hall. She married John W. Kemper on August 29, 1948 and they were married 47 years before John’s death in June 1995.
Betty was a graduate of Tiffin University and worked in a dress shop and at Tiffin State Hospital before becoming a homemaker. She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ashland. Betty loved to sew and over the years made many of her own clothes and various dolls and doll clothes for her grandchildren. She made many quilts, and gave each grandchild a homemade quilt for their high school graduations, and made many lap quilts for wounded servicemen. She was also active in several organizations until her later years – including the Farm Bureau, Homemakers Club, Piecemakers quilt club, Genealogy Society and she was a grange member for more than 50 years. She researched and wrote four genealogies of branches of the Hall and Kemper families. Betty’s family was more important to her than anything else.
Betty is survived by her five children, Mary (Charles) Brown of East Hampton, Connecticut, Raymond Kemper of West Salem, Ronald (Doris) Kemper of Ashland, Karl Kemper of West Salem and Frances (William) Berger of Perrysville; she is also survived by a sister, June (Gregg) Cole of Tiffin; five grandchildren, Corrie (Jon) Albright of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Dr. Kelly (Nabil) Matmati of Coram, New York, Sarah (Matthew) Deener of Frederick, Maryland, Crystal (Jason) Gibbs of West Salem and Cody Berger of Perrysville; and six great grandchildren, Ainsley and Asher Albright, Laila and Neal Matmati and Ethan and Gracie Gibbs, and various nieces and nephews.
Service will be held at 10 A.M., Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 508 Center St., Ashland. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin. Friends may call Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 6 to 8 P.M. at Fickes Funeral Home, 84 North High St., Jeromesville, Ohio.
Online condolences may be made at www.fickesfuneralhome.com
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, OH 44805.