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Betty Jane Kavanagh

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Betty Jane Kavanagh, 74, of Ridgeway, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Mary Rutan Hospital.

She was born Aug. 4, 1939, to the late Sinclair and Grace Ramsey Boerger.

Survivors include her husband, Wesley Lee Kavanagh of Ridgeway; a daughter, Sherry (Mike) Poeppelman of West Mansfield; a son, Keith (Deb) Kavanagh of Ridgeway; a sister, Alice (Dick) Fay of Forest; grandchildren, Jerome (Stacey) Davis, Lance and Grace Poeppelman, Derek (Stacey) Kavanagh and Samantha Kavanagh; and great-grandchildren, Blake and Karson Davis and Kylee and Aubrey Kavanagh.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Lee Kavanagh; two brothers, Larry and Philip Boerger; a sister, Julia (Ken) Weaver; an infant great-granddaughter, Kalina Davis; maternal grandparents, Bird and Maude Ramsey; and paternal grandparents, John Herman Boerger and Myrta Boerger Arth.

She was the salutatorian of the 1957 Class of Ridgeway High School. She volunteered two years in the first kindergarten classes of Ridgemont School as an educational assistant and was active in the Southeast Hardin Ambulance Squad for 20 years.

She was a certified health unit coordinator for 22 years at Mary Rutan Hospital and she had participated in an Ohio State University heart study for more than 30 years.

She was a lifelong member of the Ridgeway United Methodist Church and served the Lord faithfully through her thoughts, words and actions. Many seeds of salvation were sown by her hand to not only her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but to everyone she would meet. She further served as a Sunday School teacher and a Bible School director and teacher. She held several officer positions in the church and the United Methodist Women. Her Christian faith and her family were most important in her life.

Funeral services begin at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Ridgeway United Methodist Church, where calling begins at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund of her church.

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