6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, July 19, 2019
Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc
105 N Main St
Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, United States
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Rhonda (Baron-Hall) Irvin posted a condolence
Wednesday, July 24, 2019Bettie didn't just teach my children--she educated them. In a very small town, she asked them never to settle...always to soar. I deeply appreciated her emphasis on scholarly endeavor. Many years later, she recommended me for a teaching position at Pitt-Bradford. For 14 years, I asked the same of my Pitt students. Crossing paths with Bettie was an honor I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Dwight Carlson posted a condolence
Thursday, July 18, 2019My deepest condolences to the entire Kelley family. I will always remember Bettie Kelley as one of the most talented, intelligent, kind, curious, caring, and warm-hearted people I have ever met. Bettie was my Mom-Away-From-Home because I was best friends with Brian during our childhoods. Bettie always had time to play with us, even though she was so busy with her many talents and interests. I admired her endless generosity and patience as she cared for Brian, Susie, and several foster children in the 1980’s along with their beloved dog Duffy, me, and the other young neighborhood hooligans. Bettie had a huge positive impact on my life, imparting her sharp but gentle wit and critical life lessons over years of delicious brownies and grilled cheese, and inspiring academic excellence in her 8th and 11th grade classes. Bettie was my coach on It’s Academic, my director on South Pacific, my nemesis at Trivial Pursuit, and my inspiration to follow any dreams I could imagine as a budding teen. I look forward to playing saxophone with her in Heaven someday. With love to the Angel of Broad Street, your grateful student Dwight Carlson, PAHS 1986, Jacksonville, FL.
Thomas and Marianne Svenningsson posted a condolence
Thursday, July 18, 2019We are so sorry to hear about Bettie’s passing. She was sister to our brother in law Guy C McCoy (Maja). Bettie has visited us in Sweden and we have met her several times in US. We shared the interest in music and she was very nice both to us and to our children. We will miss Bettie, her positive attitude and her sense of humor. Thomas and Marianne Svenningsson.
Jennifer White Lersch posted a condolence
Tuesday, July 16, 2019I have many fond memories of Mrs. Kelley. She was a remarkable teacher and a dear family friend and neighbor. The fun times that our families shared together will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this difficult time.
Bruce McKay posted a condolence
Tuesday, July 16, 2019Bettie and I were cousins, and lost touch with each other over the years. I agree that she had intelligence, grace, humor and was fun to be around. Our grandmother made us all special, and Bettie this gift as well. Bettie and I both always maintained that "I was the special one!"...and yes, Bettie was the special one!
Ian Horne posted a condolence
Tuesday, July 16, 2019How could I ever forget Bettie Kelley? Such intelligence, grace and humor. I first encountered Bettie (as Mrs Kelley) when she subbed for our 8th grade English class. At the time, I did not realize that she was the daughter of my absolute favorite elementary school teacher, Mrs. McCoy. Bettie was a terrific teacher, and brought the class readings to life. Mostly I knew her as a reliable (fellow) tenor in the choir at the Presbyterian Church, during my college (and later) years. She was intellectually curious, quick-minded, and tons of fun. I remember her saying that if she ever did a doctorate in English, there was no question about the topic -- it would be Mark Twain! While I have not been very good at keeping in touch with folks in Port, (I did make it back to my class of '76 reunion back in 2011), I can look back with thanks at all of the hard-working and creative souls who enriched my formative years. Bettie, you will be sorely missed! Sincerely, Ian Horne Uppsala, Sweden
Josh Hatcher posted a condolence
Monday, July 15, 2019Bettie was a dear friend. In eighth grade, she saw things in me that no one else did - so she watered them, and tended them. If she hadn't invested in me, I'm sure I'd have withered. We reconnected recently... and it brought me so much joy. I'll miss her very much.
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Sunday, July 14, 2019
Lois Ann Marchinetti Baker posted a condolence
Saturday, July 13, 2019So sad to read of Bettie's passing. Another member of the PAHS Class of 1958, Bettie was such a fun loving friend. She will be missed by many of us.
Roni Kaziska posted a condolence
Saturday, July 13, 2019My deepest condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all
Joy Barnard posted a condolence
Saturday, July 13, 2019Our sincere condolences to Susie, Brian, and the family. . I remember Bettie's vibrant smile & upbeat personality. She will be missed.
Karen Parish posted a condolence
Saturday, July 13, 2019So very sorry for your loss. She was a kind,loving inspiration to the students & staff of PAHS.
Chip O’Malley posted a condolence
Friday, July 12, 2019Mrs. Kelley was a wonderful, positive, patient and inspirational teacher to all of us who were fortunate enough to have known her. May peace be with her family at this difficult time.
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Friday, July 12, 2019