Elizabeth D. "Betsy" McInnis

  • Born: October 10, 1934
  • Died: March 1, 2020
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family


Elizabeth (Betsy) Anne Dillard McInnis

Betsy peacefully passed away to be with the Lord on March 1, 2020 at Bickford of Battle Creek following a three-year challenge with dementia.
Betsy was born on October 10, 1934 in Washington, D.C. to Ralph and Virginia (Hutton) Dillard. She lived her early years in Silver Spring, MD, graduated from Montgomery Blair High School, attended Women's College or University of NC, Greensboro, NC, and Graduated from Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, MI. Her work included the Montgomery County (MD) Library System & The Battle Creek, MI Police Department, Community Relations.

Betsy met the love of her life, Bob McInnis in 1952 while visiting her aunt and grandmother in NC. They married on June 10, 1953 prior to Bob being deployed to Korea. During Bob's tour of duty at Quantico, VA, they welcomed two sons, Robert (Bob Jr.) and David.

Later while living in New York City nephew Billy McInnis joined the family. Betsy honorably served as a military wife for more than 30 years with numerous tours of duty during Bob's military career.

After Bob's retirement, they settled in Bellevue, MI where Betsy was ready to put down roots and loved being part of the Battle Creek/Bellevue Community. She joined the Battle Creek Sweet Adelines and enjoyed singing, competing and making life-long friendships with this great organization for more than 25 years. She always loved music, writing and being with family and friends.

Betsy is predeceased by her parents Virginia (Hutton) and Ralph Dillard, Mother-in-law, Isabell (McKay) McInnis, Brothers-in-law, Gerald McInnis, Harold McInnis, Raymond, McInnis, and Sisters-in-law, Dorothy (McInnis) Grassi, Margie (Mitchel) McInnis, Uncles; Elihu Hutton, Perry Baker, William Dillard, Aunts; Jane (Hutton) Baker, Irma Dillard, cousins; Tiny Hutton, nieces; Sharon Grassi and Elizabeth Stetson McCloskey, and nephews; Jonathan Loll, Tommy McInnis and Jackie McInnis

She is survived by her loving husband, Ret. Col. Robert (Bob) McInnis, sons; Robert (Bob Jr.), David, (Bonnie), nephew; Bill McInnis, grandchildren; Gregory McInnis, Jackie (McInnis) Bowers (Darren) Bowers, sister; Ginger (Dillard) Stetson, brother-in-Law; Eric Stetson. Nieces; Erika (Stetson) Akin (Chad) cousins; Forest Hutton, (Betty), Perry Baker, Bedford Baker, Cheryl (Baker) Herbert, Melissa (Baker) Perkins and many more cousins, nieces, nephews.

Betsy's legacy will live on through her family as honor to the special person that new no strangers will be forever missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to Hospice of Battle Creek or Battle Creek Sweet Adelines.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers and friend who helped Betsy throughout her final journey. A celebration of Life for Betsy will be planned at a future date. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Saddened to hear of the death of my dear Betsy. She was always thinking of
others and was a very good Friend in Sweet Adelines with my Mother, Liz
Lapekas. They are in Heaven, looking for Ladies to form a Quartet, so they can continue their love of Barbershop singing. My sincere condolences to you,
Bob, and your Family.
Nancy Lapekas

Posted by Nancy Lapekas - Dexter, MI - Friend   April 23, 2020

A point of reference for you Bob, I taught at K.C.C. when you were there.

i will miss seeing your wife, Betsy, at the Battle Creek Symphony wearing the most beautiful, white pleated jacket with her wonderful smile.

As a widow of ten years, I'm so sorry that Betsy died, and you will be alone which is very hard to get used to, but remembering a full life helped me, and I hope that it helps you.
Fondly,
Mary aka Betty

Posted by Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Kreiter - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 13, 2020

This is such sad news. Betsy was such a wonderful lady. I will forever remember the wonderful visits I had with Betsy and Uncle Bob. God bless.

Posted by Tom Benedetti - Barrington, RI - Friend   March 12, 2020

Betsy was such a thoughtful sweet lady and a good friend to my grandma her coworker at the police department. They had lunch together for many years. We also got to know her and Bob as part of the lunch bunch group. I appreciated time spent with her and her family very much. What a beautiful sunny person. ❤

Posted by Lynn Neal - Friend   March 12, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. Betsy had such a good heart and was a joy to be around.

Posted by Laura Culver - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 09, 2020

I met Betsy when we both worked at the Battle Creek Police Department in the 70's. She was friendly and a great worker who was quick to help other secretaries when the need arose.

Posted by Terry Tobias - Grand Rapids   March 09, 2020

To Bob and all of Betsy's family - our condolences at the loss of Betsy! I was blessed by her friendship throughout my time with the Battle Creek Sweet Adelines and beyond! I'm sure she's singing with the angels now!

Posted by Ann Kelley Kelley - Clinton Twp, MI - Friend   March 08, 2020

She was the sweetest lady any one could've known. She was one of the very best. Sorry for the loss of this fine example of a women. Prayers

Posted by Deborah Owen - Springfield, MI - Acquaintance   March 08, 2020

Betsy truly was one of the most beautiful souls I've know. She was always fun, joyful and encouraging. The times I spent with her will always be in my memory as we shared many times together working on publicity for Sweet Adelines, co-chairing positions on the board and joining together singing with the chorus at numerous events. She was always publicly promoting Sweet Adelines and the hobby she loved. Always had a smile on her face and no one was exempt from her friendliness. She was ALWAYS encouraging and thoughtful of others. Her spirit lives on but she will be missed.

Posted by Debbie Phelps - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 08, 2020