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Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Kinn

April 27, 1939 ~January 9, 2021 


Mary Elizabeth Kinn, known to most as Betty, passed away on January 9, 2021. She was 81 and was born on April 27, 1939, in Baltimore, Maryland. Her parents were Robert F. Edmonston and Blanche Dew Edmonston, and she was their only child. Betty met her husband, Jack, in Maryland and took on the role of an army wife and mother as they were stationed at various locations in the U.S. and Germany with their two children, Sandy and Dwight. Kempner Texas became their permanent home in 1977.

    Betty worked at various jobs throughout her life: at social security, doing taxes, and selling real estate. Betty was very social, made friends easily, and always stayed in touch with the friends she became close to. She gladly shared the wine that she made with family, friends, and enjoyed keeping her neighbors “happy”. She always had dogs and loved them as much as her children. She was feisty, secretive, and always full of surprises: she was always throwing “curveballs” at her kids and grandkids. She kept busy by painting, crocheting, doing various crafts, making wine, playing the piano, and doing various volunteer activities. She found her niche in volunteering and being active in every community where she lived. She made deliveries for Meals on Wheels. Betty was a member of the Copperas Cove Exchange Club where she was a past secretary; she still enjoyed spending her time helping with their endeavors. She loved watching college football. Besides her volunteer work, Betty enjoyed spending time at the beach and fishing. Her love of the ocean began on the Chesapeake Bay and culminated with yearly family beach trips to Port Aransas.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Louis Kinn, her parents, Robert F. and Blanche D. Edmonston, and her stepfather E. Milton Hackney “Wack”. 

Betty is survived by her 2 children and their spouses, Sandra Kinn-Burks and Dean Burks of Georgetown Texas, Dwight Kinn and Jennifer Zobel of Kempner Texas; her 4 grandchildren and their spouses, Cori and Eric, Crystal and Kris, Lindsey and Brandon, and Zach; her 8 great-grandchildren, Addi, Aiden, Gracie, Hayes, Kelli, Laney, Maya, and Remi; and her beloved service dog Cha Cha.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 23, at Viss Family Funeral Home, 1614 S. FM 116 Copperas Cove, Texas 76522

   In lieu of flowers, please consider donating, in memory of Betty, to the Copperas Cove Exchange Club, PO Box 36 Copperas Cove, TX, 76522 or to the ALS Association, South Texas Chapter, 6800 Pack Ten Blvd., Suite 220N, San Antonio, TX, 78213.

Condolences may be left at

Copperas Cove Leader Press

2210 U.S. 190
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone:(254) 547-4207