Betty Marie Vinyard Hilt 1927 - 2008 Lawrence
Funeral services for Betty Marie Vinyard Hilt, 81, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Private burial will be at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery.Mrs. Hilt died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at The Windsor of Lawrence.She was born Jan. 17, 1927, in Harrisburg, Ill., the daughter of LeRoy and Edith Ellen Wilkins Dixon. She graduated from Harrisburg High School. She later graduated from Blackburn University in Illinois. She also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas University.Mrs. Hilt taught physical education in Harrisburg from 1947 to 1949. She began teaching the developmentally disabled in the Lawrence school district in 1952, and later began teaching the mentally handicapped at Cordley School, until she retired in 1993. She was a lifetime member of the Lawrence Education Association, the Kansas State Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma sorority, Douglas County Retired Citizens, the Commission on Exceptional Children, the Douglas County Association of Retarded Citizens and the First Presbyterian Church.She enjoyed bridge, square dancing, traveling to Europe, Mexico and across the United States and panning for gold in Alaska.She married Kenneth Vinyard on June 27, 1948, in Harrisburg. They divorced in 1967. She married Alfred Hilt in 1977. He died in 1989.She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Gary Vinyard; a sister, Doris DeNeal; and a nephew, Ronald DeNeal.Survivors include a daughter, Sara Vinyard Kyriakos and husband Michael, Lawrence; two sisters, Dorothy Jack, Yuma, Ariz., and Wilma Gibbons, Washington state; four grandchildren, Zach and Morgan Vinyard and Paula and Ellen Kyriakos; and many nieces and nephews.Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends following the service Saturday.The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Education Association Scholarship Fund, sent in care of the funeral home.Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.