Betty Jean Kettle’s full and vibrant life ended Tuesday March 13, 2018 at
the Kenton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She entered life on May 8,
1922, in Kenton, OH. She went through Kenton schools and later attended
Stephens College and DePauw University. In 1944 she married Jack, her
long time beau. They had one son, John.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Lora Root, her
husband Jack and their son John; her brother, Willard Root (and his wife
Wege); and her sister, Barbara Smith (and husband Phil).
Family was everything to Betty, and she left a legacy of love to many.
They include her daughter-in-law, Margaret Kettle of Carmel, Indiana; her
granddaughters: Jennifer (Tim) Gossett of Westfield, Indiana and Rebecca
(Jose) Martinez of Scottsdale, Arizona. She was great grandmother “Momo”
to Caleb (Tessa) Gossett, and Jonathan Gossett and Aidan and Cruz
Martinez. In later years her best friend and buddy was her sweet Bichon
Betty was previously a member of Fortnightly Literary Club, Kenton Civic
League, Hardin Memorial Hospital Guild, and St. John’s Evangelical Church.
She worked as a receptionist for Dr. Glen Van Atta, Sr. and Dr.Leonard
To the many caregivers who helped Betty at various times, know that your
kindness and dedication was greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten.
They include Sharon Menard, Toni Hanneman, Chris Newland, Deb Tillman and
other staff at Kenton Nursing and Rehab, the Blanchard House, along with
Dr. Kate Johnson and Dr. Judy Hruschka.
A celebration of life service for Betty Jean Kettle will be held at St.
John’s Evangelical Church at a later date with Rev. Dr. Randall J.
Forester officiating. Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home will be
conducting the services. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hardin
County Humane Society, Beth Dear, Activities Fund at Kenton Nursing and
Rehab, and/or St. John’s Evangelical Church. Condolences can be sent via