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Elizabeth "Betty" Behrend McIlrath

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“Dear Corky, My condolences in the death of your mom. You probably don't remember me as being your fourth grade teacher, but you are the only "Corky...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Marilyn Wilson - Novelty, OH

“Mac, Corky, and Marsha, We are so saddened to hear of Mom's death. We'llalways remember so much about her. One special memory for us is her...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Richard and Carol Roberts - OH

“So sorry to hear about your loss. Your families are in my thoughts and prayers. Love to All..Carol Quinn ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Carol Quinn - Lyndhurst, OH

“McIlrath family -so sorry to hear about your loss. Mrs. Mac was a wonderful lady. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Marty Romagni - Concord Twp, OH

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours, with love, ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Diane Frances - Euclid, OH

“May you always cherish the memories of your times together. She was a great lady ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Bud & Irene Ohlemacher Ohlemacher - OH

“LOVE AND PRAYERS BOB & ELAINE PETRO ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: ROBERT & ELAINE PETRO


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Age 90. Of Put in Bay, formerly of Chesterland, Betty was born in East Cleveland, Ohio, on February 15, 1921, to Ralph & Katherine (nee Kingham) Behrend. A graduate of Shaw High School Class of 1939. Betty was a natural artist, although she was unable to pursue art schooling during The Great Depression. She married the love of her life, Donald "Mac" McIlrath on Nov 8, 1941. Betty became the ultimate stay at home mom, raising three daughters while still pursuing her artistic endeavors and being an adventurous partner to Mac. Their adventures included skiing in the Rocky Mountains and boating around the Great Lakes. Retirement did not slow Betty. She and Mac took an around the world cruise, snowmobiled through Yellowstone National Park, and went white water rafting on the Salmon River Wilderness Area of Idaho at the age of 81. As past president of the Put In Bay YC Ladies Auxiliary, Betty was a member of "Silver Sails," and was a charter member of the Crews Nest. After a marriage lasting beyond 70 years Betty passed away peacefully with Mac by her side. She is also survived by her daughters Marsha (Jerry) Baumert of FL and Corky (Jerry) McIlrath-Flint of Toledo and Put in Bay, seven grand children and 12 great grandchildren. Her daugter, Judi Harrison, parents and brother, Richard Behrend are deceased. A celebration of her life will be announced. Remembrances/donations may be made to PIB EMS, P.O. Box 401, Put in Bay, OH 32345; PIB Community Swim Sail Program, P.O. Box 881, Put in Bay, OH 43456; Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or Riverview Health Care Campus, 8180 W State Route 163 Oak Harbor, OH 43449-8855.

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