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Elizabeth D. "Betsy"  McInnis

Elizabeth D. "Betsy" McInnis
  • October 10, 1934 - March 1, 2020
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Battle Creek Sweet Adelines
    111 E. Michigan Ave.
    Battle Creek , MI 49014

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“Saddened to hear of the death of my dear Betsy. She was always thinking ofothers and was a very good Friend in Sweet Adelines with my Mother,...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Nancy Lapekas - Dexter, MI

“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...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Kreiter - MI

“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. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Tom Benedetti - Barrington, RI

“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....Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Lynn Neal - Friend

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Betsy had such a good heart and was a joy to be around. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Laura Culver - Battle Creek, MI

“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...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Terry Tobias - Grand Rapids

“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...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Ann Kelley Kelley - Clinton Twp, MI

“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 ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Deborah Owen - Springfield, MI

“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...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Debbie Phelps - Battle Creek, MI

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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