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Betsy Kashinsky

January 25, 1947 — March 16, 2024

West Jefferson

Betsy Kashinsky

   Betsy Kashinsky, a beloved wife, devoted teacher, and passionate advocate, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at the age of 77. Born on January 25, 1947, in Miami, FL, to the late Dewey Clarence and Dorothea Gustus.   

   Betsy's journey was marked by a profound commitment to education and service. Betsy graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She followed that with a master’s degree in educational guidance and counseling from the University of Miami, with a 4.0 GPA. She embarked on her teaching career in Miami, FL, where for a decade she nurtured young minds at Hialeah Elementary School.   

  Betsy's influence didn't end with her teaching career. Inspired by personal experience and driven by a desire to make a difference, she became deeply involved with the Alzheimer's Association in Monterey, California. Tragically, having lost her mother to the disease, Betsy channeled her grief into action, spearheading a program for caregivers that provided invaluable support and solace to those grappling with similar challenges.    While serving on the Alzheimer’s Association Board in Monterey she was contacted by the Monterey Abused Women’s and Children’s Shelter and was asked to serve on their Board of Directors and Betsy graciously accepted.

   In her personal life, Betsy shared 56 years of unwavering love and companionship with her devoted husband, Richard. Together, they exemplified a partnership built on mutual respect, shared values, and enduring affection. Their bond was a source of strength and joy to all who knew them.   

   Following her tenure in education, Betsy and Richard embarked on a new chapter, venturing into entrepreneurship as partners in a Search Firm in Monterey, California, for 24 years. Later, they relocated to North Carolina, where their partnership flourished anew as East Coast Distributors, premium car care products, for Adams Premium Car Care Products to Corvette enthusiasts, from 2008 to 2020.   

   Betsy's kindness extended even to the furry companions she cherished. She adored her rescue cats, showering them with love and care, embodying her compassionate spirit in every aspect of her life.   

   To those who knew her, Betsy was more than a teacher, a businesswoman, or a cat lover; she was a symbol of grace, resilience, and unwavering integrity. Her elegance and warmth left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of crossing her path.   

   Betsy Kashinsky is survived by her loving husband, Richard, her cherished rescue cats, and a host of family and friends who will carry her memory forward with love and reverence. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten.   

   In honoring Betsy Kashinsky's memory, let us not only mourn her loss but also celebrate the legacy of love, service, and compassion she leaves behind. Though she may have bid farewell to this world, her spirit will forever dwell in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known her.   

   Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 1:00pm at Bald Mountain Baptist Church by Rev. John Elledge.  The family will receive friends following the service.   

   In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Betsy’s memory may be made to,  Alzheimer’s Association  , 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or to  Generation Assisted Living Center  , Memory Care Unit, 180 ChattyRob Lane, West Jefferson, NC 28694.   









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