BETTY KATHRYN BIRELY, 93, of Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Morrison, IL, died Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at the center.
Betty was born May 10, 1923, in Mt. Carroll, IL, to Earl and Grace (Garman) Keim. She was a graduate of Mt. Carroll High School and attended Brown’s Business College in Sterling, IL. Betty first married Henry J. DeGroot and later married David P. Birely on February 12, 1988 in Morrison, IL. He died January 8, 1990. She was employed by Bi-County Special Education in Morrison and was an active volunteer of the Morrison American Legion and VFW. She was also a member of the Morrison United Methodist Church. A memorial to Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center has been established.
Survivors include one daughter, Terri (Jim) Kenagy of Bellevue, NE; three sons, Pat (Lynn) DeGroot of Spring Valley, IL; Jeff (Dee) DeGroot of Morrison, IL; and Roger (Janice) DeGroot of Arlington Heights, IL; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Patricia DeGroot and Allison DeGroot; three sisters, Lucille Lovett, Ethel Rodemeyer, and Doris Rinehart; and one brother, Bob Keim.