Betty J. McKenzie

Betty J. McKenzie

June 10, 1922 ‐ January 18, 2021
Betty J. McKenzie
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio Resided In: Olmsted Township, Ohio

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BETTY JUNE “BETTS” MCKENZIE, 98, beloved wife of the late Arthur LaVerne “Vern” McKenzie, loving mother of Gary McKenzie (Barbara) and Dale McKenzie (Paula); loving grandmother of Christopher McKenzie (Amy)and Scott McKenzie (Kristin) and the late Erin McKenzie; loving great grandmother of Connor McKenzie and Ian McKenzie; beloved daughter of the late John and Lillian Manning; cherished sister of the late Virginia Manning; beloved daughter-in-law of the late George and Leone McKenzie; dear sister-in-law of Geraldine Harrison (Percy), Wilma Rattray (Bill), Donald McKenzie (Marlene), Donna Vancott (Lawrence), and the late Gerald McKenzie (Carma) and Lorrain Ruttle (Bud) and David McKenzie (Judy);dear niece of the late Margaret Feiling (Mike) and George Polk (Ella) and Naomi Moore (Howard) and William Polk (Dorothy); treasured cousin of Nancy Brooks (Dan), Isabel Greenleaf, James Polk (Mary), William Polk (Debbie), Robert Polk (Alexis), and the late William Polk (Nancy) and Sandy Ogilvie (Kay) and Thomas Polk and Karen Martin (Chuck); and loved by her many great-cousins as well as her many wonderful friends. 

Betts met the love of her life, Vern, while on a fishing trip to Canada with her family when she was 12years old.  They married nine years later during WWII living in Halifax, Nova Scotia while Vern served on a Canadian minesweeper in the North Atlantic.  After the war, Betts and Vern settled in Cleveland and eventually North Olmsted, Ohio, where they raised their family.   Betty’s legacy over a long, beautiful life was the spreading of her “joy” to everyone she met.  Her laugh was infectious and will be remembered along with the kindness and love she gave to all.  Most importantly, Betty loved her family with all her heart. 

Public viewing will be ONLINE ONLY on Friday, January 22, from 1-2 and 7-8 pm at . Private interment is pending at Rose Cemetery, Waupoos, Ontario. Please no flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve or Alzheimer’s Association.

Celebration of Betty's Life will be held at a later date. 

Please click here for Betty's online photo/video gallery of her life.

Guest Comments

Vicki Kendrick
Picton, Ontario

My deepest condolences to Gary, Barb and the rest of the family. Betts was a very special lady, always kind and gracious- but with a wicked sense of humor and an infectious laugh. She will will truly missed by everyone who had the joy of knowing her.

Craig, Danielle & Madeline Kutis
Cleveland Hts.

With sincere and deep sympathy on your loss, in our thoughts and prayers.

Joe Riedl sr
Rocky river ohio

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Always well remember how kind both your mom and dad were to me and how they made me feel a part of their family.

Jim and Mary Polk
Westlake, Ohio

Our condolences to Gary, Dale and your families. We have fond memories of family get-togethers and hearing Betty's laughter. She always had hugs and kisses for everyone, we will miss her.

Frank & Kelly Walter
Medina, Ohio

We are so saddened to hear of Betts passing.
We give our deepest condolences to her family. We’re so blessed to have known both Betts and Vern through our church. She ( they) had the most beautiful, sweetest, kindest soul I’ve ever encountered. I can think of three words that best describe Betts... Will Be Missed.

Amy Frenchik
Middleburg Heights, Ohio

Deepest sympathies to Gary, Dale, and family. Betts was so very special. That smile, giggle, and never ending hugs, pure joy. I feel blessed to have known her and Vern, an amazing couple. Until we meet again.

Steve and Barb Frenchik
Strongsville Ohio

Betts was such a lovely, happy, positive person; we were blessed to have known her an Vern.
R.I.P. until we meet again. Our deepest sympathy to Gary, Dale and family at this sad time.

Melissa Riedl Alvarez and family
Martinsburg, WV

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Bill & Margie Watson
Hinckley Ohio

Betts was one of the sweetest persons we’ve known. She was always generous and hospitable- and always seemed happy. We look forward when we can be with her and Vern again. We will miss her for now.

Lacey Riedl & Cloey
Cleveland, OH

Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.

Jolie Riedl-Moss
Cleveland, Ohio

Our thoughts and prayers are with the McKenzie family during this difficult time. All our love. Jolie,Laken,Nick,Cayden and Juliana

Ralph, Val & Marisa Cartellone
Hinckley OH

Such a wonderful lady, her smile was beautiful and warmed our hearts. We are sorry for your loss and are holding you close in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Sending love to all.

Jim and Monica Price
London Ohio

Our deepest condolences to the McKenzie family for their loss of such a wonderful lady. Your family is in our prayers.
Love Jim and Monica Price

Jim and Monica Price
London Ohio

Our deepest condolences to the McKenzie family for their loss of such a wonderful lady. Your family is in our prayers.
Love Jim and Monica Price

Dr. & Mrs. Phillip S. Wilson
New Albany, Ohio

She will live forever in the hearts of her children, family and those who loved her.

Tim Polk
Santa Rosa, CA

"Aunt Betty" (to my family) was an amazing person! I can still hear, in my mind, Vern saying "Betts!" and I can still her, in my mind, her amazing laughter. They both are and will continue to be missed.....

Nancy Polk
Painesville Ohio

Betts was the kindest, sweetest lady she will be missed by everyone

William and Glenna Bigelow
Worthington ohio

RIP Betty. Our last memories of seeing you was at Chris Wedding. Our thoughts are with you Gary and Barb.

Nancy Sleen
Chestermere, Alberta, Canada

After a long life well-lived, she slipped gently into the good night. RIP my dearest Aunt Betts, you will be in my memories and an inspiration forever.

Kathy Turney
Cleveland, Oh

Sweet sweet Betty, it was such an honor to know you and to have weekly visits with you. Always so kind, always a smile on your face and always a laughing. And every time I would leave you would say come back again.Then Covid had to step in and end that. I had always hoped that I would get to see again. My prayers are with the family she loved you all so much.

Kathy Turney
HWR Voluteer


Aunt Betty was a sweetheart. Always a smile and the biggest hugs anyone could ever give. She was always happy to see you and invited you into the house with open arms.

Vicki and Rudy Bencze
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Aunt Betts was loved by all who were lucky enough to be part of her life. We will cherish the memories.

Hollie “Dixon” Youngblood
Stafford, Virginia

Aunt Betty will be missed! She never met a stranger! One of the most loving and genuine ladies who blazed the way for us all! She exuded radiance and beauty and a loving soul! Love you! Prayers to all who knew her! She is now and forever in the arms of our heavenly creator!

Dennis & Kathy Ruttle
Belleville Ontario Canada

A bright candle has been extinguished but her light will be bright in all the memories of her we will all cherish. RIP Aunt Betty.