Betty Carnahan

Obituary of Betty Jane Carnahan

Betty Jane Hiner Carnahan (formerly of Ashland, OH) passed away peacefully November 14th at her home at Discovery Village, Melbourne, FL.  She was born August 5, 1924 in Ashland, OH Betty is survived by daughter, Catherine Cole of Hamden, CT, son Harold J. (Lydia) Cole of Satellite Beach FL, grandson John (Katherine) Cole of Jacksonville, FL, granddaughter Erin (Owen) McBride of Columbia, SC.  Step-son Thomas (Diane) Carnahan of Fairfax, VA, step-grandchildren Chris (Renee) Carnahan of Fairfax, VA., three-step great grandchildren;  Mark (Tina) Carnahan of Lorton, VA, four step great grandchildren.  Step-son David (Barbara) Carnahan of Powell, OH, step-grandchildren Bryan of Perrysburg, OH, Eric of Cincinnati, OH and Kate Carnahan of Powell, OH.  Step-son Stephen Carnahan of Tucson, AZ. Betty was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Kenneth Carnahan in 2015, her parents John P. and Edith Norton Hiner, sister-in-law Betty Lou Hiner, brother-in-law Richard W. Forbes and 1st husband John H. Cole DVM in 1981 She is also survived by four siblings, Harold L. (Hank) Hiner of Ashland, OH, Donald E. (Geraldine) Hiner of Columbia, TN, Mary Anne Forbes and Henry N. (Norma) Hiner of Ashland, OH. Betty was a graduate of Ashland High School class of 1942 and Ohio State University in 1946 with a BA in music education. Betty was a very talented musician gifted with perfect pitch.  She was first violin in the Ashland High School Orchestra and the Ashland Symphony Orchestra.  Professionally, she performed with the Los Angeles Light Opera Company.  Her dedication to music remained constant throughout her life.  She not only taught music in the Ohio public schools in Jackson, Massillon, Bellville and Ashland she also directed children and adult choirs in Ohio.  After moving to Satellite Beach, FL she taught piano, violin and voice well into her 80’s.  When performing, audiences were entertained with her beautiful singing voice, violin virtuosity and pianistic ability allowed her to play in  any style music, classical to jazz. Burial along with her husband Kenneth will be in New Pittsburg, OH cemetery at a later date to be determined by the family. Memorial contributions in Betty+óGé¼Gäós honor may be given to the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805 or Vitas Healthcare, 4450 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Ste.250; Melbourne, FL 32934
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