Marco Island resident Betty W. Kimble passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at the age of 94.
Betty was born on July 2, 1924 in Richmond, Indiana to Elijah and Myrtle Kenworthy. She had an older sister, Margaret, now deceased; a younger sister, Dorothy, and two younger brothers, James and John.
Betty grew up in Kettering, Ohio, just outside of Dayton. She was the lead majorette in her high school’s band along with her sister, Dorothy. Her talent for art was recognized by a teacher, which began a lifelong love for art. She would live as a working artist for over 70 years in Dayton and Marco Island. She was an avid athlete in her younger years, and won statewide recognition in archery competitions. She met her husband, Edward, while in high school, and they married after he returned from World War II.
She loved helping others, and donated her time and art to children in local hospitals. All the way up to her death, she was passionate about her art, and especially enjoyed the social aspect of working as an artist in her community. Her specialty was the hand-drawn cards she made and sold at a local gift shop on Marco Island.
After her husband passed away in 1966, Betty made a living as an artist full time. She raised three sons, Robert, Steven, and Edward, on her own. She is survived by her grandson, Christopher; her granddaughter, Deborah; and her two great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Michael. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home, 577 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, Florida 34145, on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 from 5-7 PM, followed by a Celebration of Life at 7 PM.
Condolence cards may be sent to her son, Robert Kimble, at 1580 Caxambas Ct., Marco Island, Florida 34145. As a friend of hers said, she’s now in a better place making her cards for God.
An additional service will be held at the Tobias Funeral Home, 5471 Far Hills Avenue in Dayton, Ohio at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.