Betty Jo Kniffin, 87, of Cortland NY, passed away June 5, 2011 at the Cortland Care Center. She was born May 3, 1924 in London Ohio, the daughter of the late Harry & Margaret Cutlip Houser.
Mrs. Kniffin was a beautician throughout her life working with her mother and various other beauty shops over the years while living in Ohio. She had lived in Oldsmar Fla., prior to relocating to the Cortland area in 1999. While living here she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Homer. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, crafts, and baking (especially her familys favorite strawberry rhubarb pie). She also had a passion for collecting and restoring antiques.
Betty Jo will be remembered for always having a kind word and smile, and was blessed with a life full of special friends especially her church family.
She is survived by her son and daughter in law K. Michael Kniffin and Marilyn Mayer of Cortland NY and her grand daughter Elizabeth Kniffin of Cortland.
Betty Jo was predeceased by her husband Karl Kniffin in 1991.
A calling hour will be held 9-10 am with memorial service to begin 10 am at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home Inc., 9 Lincoln ave., Cortland, NY, 13045.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the First United Methodist Church of Homer, 16 Cayuga St., Homer, NY, 13077.
Betty Jos family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Cortland Care Center for their care and professionalism.
To offer condolences online please visit www.wright-beard.com
This message is for Michel Kniffen and his family. Just learned that Betty Jo passed away last year. Was so sorry to hear it...but I'm glad that she was living near you and your family and had a full and happy life. I am her cousin Connie Cutlip and was the daughter of her uncle, Richard Cutlip. Her mother Margaret (we called her Renie) was my aunt. And I remember them both very fondly. Your mom, her aunt Freida and her husband Willard all came to my dad's funeral in l977.