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Celebrating the life of
Elizabeth (Betty) Heideman Kaynor
February 13, 1926 - January 27, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900
  • Funeral Service
  • 11:00 a.m. - Saturday, February 03, 2018
  • Christ Church Anglican
  • 2020 Bull Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31401

  • 912-355-7730

I regret that I came late into Betty's life and did not know with any intimacy her experiences in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, or at Miami University. I connected with Betty on my first Society of Women Geographer' Triennial in Chicago, and we immediately began working together to help integrate the At-Large group (half of SWG members) more fully into the Society. I was guest at her lovely home on several occasions and was looking forward to seeing her again the next time I come Savannah way. But this is not to be. I will continue to miss her energy and her dedication to SWG. Rest in Peace, Betty.

Dorothy Drummond, Terre Haute, IN

My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Dick and Betty in Egypt in 1983-84, where Dick was the Chief of Party for a USAID project. I say we worked with both of them, because Betty was a powerhouse in Cairo, the ultimate hostess and community worker. When we first arrived in Egypt, they were back in the states because Dick had suffered a heart attack. When they returned, Betty had put Dick on the Pritikin diet. She packed his lunch: raw carrot sandwiches on the local whole wheat "balady" bread (thick pita), no cheese, no fat, no meat--which he ate with good humor. Dick was in awe of her energy. Paraphrasing Kipling, Dick said Betty "always fills the unforgiving minute." Each year we'd receive her newsletter, filled with the names of friends and family, and we marvelled at her ability to keep in touch, and to touch other people's lives. We missed hearing from her this year. I know her energy will be carried on in the lives of her large extended family, and that the rest of us will feel lucky to have known her.

Cathy Gagnet and Mohamed Rahman, Bethesda, MD

I had the pleasure of teaching with Betty during their years in Saudi Arabia. We enjoyed many wonderful social evenings with them including memorable desert picnics. We were sad to see them leave but kept up over the years. Although keeping up with Betty would be hard. She was a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm. She loved talking about her children and grandchildren over the years. She truly had a life well lived. Our deepest sympathy.

Mansur and Patricia Abahusayn, Mission Viejo , CA

Our sincere condolences for the passing of Betty who welcomed us upon our arrival in Cocinut Grove in 1984 and withth whom we shared fun times at CIV Sucerely Francoise and Guy

Francoise & Guy Posschelle, Miami, Fl

Betty's life is so impressive. She contributed her talents to so many world wide communities and family. I now see how Liz's mother's life inspired her daughter Liz to give to her family and community as well. My deepest condolences to all Betty's surviving relatives.

Ann Albert Anderson, Brandon, MS

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Elizabeth. Please read God's wonderful promise for the loved ones we have lost in death to be fulfilled very soon right here on the brand new Paradise Earth by his son Jesus Christ it will give you hope and comfort during this difficult time John 5:28,29; Revelation 21: 1-5.

Sacramenta Landrum, Bklyn, NY

My Deepest Sympathy to Betty's Family. She always seemed to enjoy life and will be missed.

Jeni Ellis-Riggs, Savannah, Ga.

Elizabeth (Betty) Heideman Kaynor died peacefully early Saturday morning, January 27, 2018 under the loving care of Spanish Oaks Retreat and Hospice.  She was born February 13, 1926 in St. Louis, MO the daughter of Dr. Milo Lawrence and Dorothy Kremer Heideman. She attended schools in MO and married Richard Smith Kaynor, after graduating with honors from Washington University.

After living in Waterbury, CT and Watertown, CT, they moved to Coconut Grove, FL and remained there for many years before coming to Savannah to settle in 2004. Betty was a pioneer in the field of Continuing Education for Women and founding director of CCEW at Miami Dade and the University of Miami. She was active in many advocacy groups for women and founding editor of “Women Today”.

Betty and her husband had traveled to some 34 countries, living first in Lima, Peru where she stayed involved with the American Field Service helping place foreign high school students with American families. Betty’s gift of hospitality won her friends all over the world.

In 1973 Betty moved with her husband to Saudi Arabia and was the first non-Muslim American to teach “behind the veil” at the Riyadh School for Girls. Next move was to Egypt in 1979 where she was active in her church as well as the US/Egypt Peace Fellowships for AMIDEAST. The Maadi Women’s Guild of Cairo honored her with the “Spirit of Maadi” Award in 1984. Next they lived in Panama where she co-edited the American Embassy’s Welcome Guide, “Bienvenidos a Panama.”

After returning to the US and her beloved Coconut Grove, Betty was appointed to the Miami Commission on the Status of Women. She was chosen as a 1996 “Woman of Impact”. Dear to Betty’s heart was the Society of Women’s Geographers. She served on its National Executive Council as Florida Group Chair and was Chair of its Triennial Conference in Savannah in 2005.

A life-long Anglican, Betty was very active at the Chapel of the Venerable Bede on the University of Miami campus. In Savannah she attended BSF and was an active member of Christ Church Anglican and helped to compile the history of The Historic Tour of Homes and Gardens for the Tour’s 75th anniversary.

She was an avid reader involved in many book clubs over the years, Sustainer in the Junior League, a member of Delta Gamma and active in the Savannah alum group, an exuberant bridge player (her “mental health day”) and past member of the Savannah Golf Club.

She is predeceased by her parents, husband (of 61 years!) and brother. She is survived by her sister, Kay Heideman Campbell of Woodbury, CT and her three children: Liz Kaynor Albert (John) of Savannah GA; Rick Kaynor (Susan) of Jacksonville, FL and Margaret Kaynor Nolan (Bruce) of Miami, FL and Irvine, CA. Betty’s grandchildren are Beth Albert Monahan (Quin) of Bluffton, SC; Gerrit Christian Albert (Leslie) of Bluffton, SC; Mary Faith Albert Bengry (Shane) of Davison, MI; Matthew Kaynor Albert of Savannah, GA; Samuel and Matthew Kaynor of Jacksonville, FL; Katherine Nolan Lu (Young) of Irvine, CA. She also has eleven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews scattered all over the US.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Christ Church Anglican with the Rev. Marcus B. Robertson officiating. Betty will be buried in the historic Riverside Cemetery in Waterbury, CT in the spring.

Memorials may be sent to Christ Church Anglican, 2020 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401 or Spanish Oaks Hospice, 8510 Whitefield Ave., Savannah, GA 31406.

 

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I regret that I came late into Betty's life and did not know with any intimacy her experiences in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, or at Miami University. I connected with Betty on my first Society of Women Geographer' Triennial in Chicago, and we immediately began working together to help integrate the At-Large group (half of SWG members) more fully into the Society. I was guest at her lovely home on several occasions and was looking forward to seeing her again the next time I come Savannah way. But this is not to be. I will continue to miss her energy and her dedication to SWG. Rest in Peace, Betty.

Dorothy Drummond, Terre Haute, IN

My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Dick and Betty in Egypt in 1983-84, where Dick was the Chief of Party for a USAID project. I say we worked with both of them, because Betty was a powerhouse in Cairo, the ultimate hostess and community worker. When we first arrived in Egypt, they were back in the states because Dick had suffered a heart attack. When they returned, Betty had put Dick on the Pritikin diet. She packed his lunch: raw carrot sandwiches on the local whole wheat "balady" bread (thick pita), no cheese, no fat, no meat--which he ate with good humor. Dick was in awe of her energy. Paraphrasing Kipling, Dick said Betty "always fills the unforgiving minute." Each year we'd receive her newsletter, filled with the names of friends and family, and we marvelled at her ability to keep in touch, and to touch other people's lives. We missed hearing from her this year. I know her energy will be carried on in the lives of her large extended family, and that the rest of us will feel lucky to have known her.

Cathy Gagnet and Mohamed Rahman, Bethesda, MD

I had the pleasure of teaching with Betty during their years in Saudi Arabia. We enjoyed many wonderful social evenings with them including memorable desert picnics. We were sad to see them leave but kept up over the years. Although keeping up with Betty would be hard. She was a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm. She loved talking about her children and grandchildren over the years. She truly had a life well lived. Our deepest sympathy.

Mansur and Patricia Abahusayn, Mission Viejo , CA

Our sincere condolences for the passing of Betty who welcomed us upon our arrival in Cocinut Grove in 1984 and withth whom we shared fun times at CIV Sucerely Francoise and Guy

Francoise & Guy Posschelle, Miami, Fl

Betty's life is so impressive. She contributed her talents to so many world wide communities and family. I now see how Liz's mother's life inspired her daughter Liz to give to her family and community as well. My deepest condolences to all Betty's surviving relatives.

Ann Albert Anderson, Brandon, MS

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Elizabeth. Please read God's wonderful promise for the loved ones we have lost in death to be fulfilled very soon right here on the brand new Paradise Earth by his son Jesus Christ it will give you hope and comfort during this difficult time John 5:28,29; Revelation 21: 1-5.

Sacramenta Landrum, Bklyn, NY

My Deepest Sympathy to Betty's Family. She always seemed to enjoy life and will be missed.

Jeni Ellis-Riggs, Savannah, Ga.


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