PRINCETON — Elizabeth “Betty” Claire Kays, 95, of Princeton, passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 at River Oaks Health Campus in Princeton.

She was born July 31, 1924 in Columbus, Ohio to Frank and Lenora (Lauderbaugh) Deeds. Betty resided in Ohio and was a Rosie the Riveter at Wright-Patterson Airfield, which is where she met her future husband, Adrian Kays who was stationed there while serving in the Army Air Corps. They made their home in Princeton.

Betty was a member of Broadway Christian Church in Princeton and Village Homemakers. She enjoyed baking, crafts and gardening. She was a cook for many years at both Baldwin Heights and Brumfield schools in Princeton.

Betty is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, David and Barbara Kays of Baltimore, Maryland, Richard and Donna Kays of Plain City, Ohio and Donald and Debbie Kays of Princeton; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Jeffrey Lauderback of Xenia, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Peggy Beery of Hillyard, Ohio and Marsha Kiger and Anita Bosch (Jerry) all of Lancaster, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Adrian R. Kays on Feb. 2, 2013; and also three brothers, William, Robert and Harold Deeds.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, Rev. David Scott Kays officiating. Burial follows at Columbia White Church Cemetery in Princeton. Visitation is from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at Colvin’s.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Hospice, 1202 W. Buena Vista Rd., #107, Evansville, IN 47710 or Broadway Christian Church, 201 E. Broadway St., Princeton, IN 47670. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a candle in memory of Betty at Colvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kays family.

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