On Aug. 29, 1918, she was born in Chicago, Ill., to George E. and Rachael DeHaven Leslie and lived in Wilmette, Ill., and later the Chicago area. Betty married Elliott Kaye-Smith in Chicago on Oct. 1, 1945. She has lived in Winona Lake since 1946.
Betty was a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., and Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. She earned two master’s degrees, one from Miami University of Ohio (Aerospace Education) and one from Manchester College. She studied at several other universities in Mexico City, Madrid, Spain, and at Ball State and in Colorado.
While living in Illinois she was an editor with Scripture Press and later a teacher of Spanish, English, history and geography at Pierceton and Whitko high schools for 28 years.
She and her husband were active in politics, the Civil Air Patrol, and were world travelers, traveling extensively in Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, and North, Central and South America. Both she and her husband were pilots and owned their own single engine airplane. Betty was one of the first women in Kosciusko County to have a pilot’s license and was a member of the Ninety-Nines (an international organization of women pilots). She flew solo in a “Powder Puff Derby” from coast to coast.
She was a member of the Church of The Good Shepherd, Winona Lake; Kosciusko County Retired Teachers; Indiana Retired Teachers Association; Kosciusko Community Hospital Auxiliary; Winona Lake Planning Commission; Ninety-Nines (International Organization of Women Pilots); Delta Kappa Gamma and Society of Women Educators.
She is survived by a cousin: Patricia McElroy Dunbar, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and her sons: David W. Dunbar, Greenwood, Ind.; Timothy D. Dunbar of Woodbury, Minn.; and Stephen W. Dunbar, Pittsburgh, Pa.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Elliott Kaye-Smith.
No viewing will be held. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, with pastor Rob Harrison at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw is handling the arrangements.
The family requests memorial contributions to be made to: Mission Aviation Fellowship, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 47, Nampa, ID 83653.