Elizabeth Margaret Gemmell Kulyn, age 85 of Troy, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018. She was born October 18, 1932 in Glasgow, Scotland, the daughter of the late James and Gene Young.
Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Kulyn; and 1 brother, James.
Elizabeth is survived by her son, Michael (Kimberly) Kulyn; grandchildren, Molly (Jesse) Wilson, Mandy (Michael) Safriet, Mindy Kulyn, Sydney Oakes, Trever Oakes; great grandchildren, Bryce Reece, Austin Wilson, Michael Kulyn-Wallace, Kaylee Eshbaugh, Dani Lee Wilson, Klara Safriet, Addilyn Eshbaugh, Alana Safriet; sisters, Evelyn Wherry, Marie (Derek) Smith; brother, Jim (Carol) Young; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Betty was born in Glasgow Scotland. Around the age of 7 she and her family moved to Portobello, England. The family moved to Whitley Bay then to Blackpool. Growing up she was more like a pal to her little brother Jim. She always stood up for him. If any lads would give him grief she would sort them out. She was good pals with film star Diana Dors and Mandy Rice-Davis. She had a beautiful voice and recorded three songs with M.S.S. Recording Co. On July 4, 1955 she married Robert Kulyn, an American serviceman stationed in England. In 1957 the couple came state side. November 16, 1961 Betty became a United States citizen when she received her Certificate of Naturalization. Betty was an amazing mother, cook, and seamstress. She put her seamstress skills to work in the many various places they were stationed to earn some extra money for the family including in Newfoundland and Virginia. Betty and her family settled in Bethel Township, Ohio in 1972 when they build their Tutor Style home. Two years later Betty and her husband started The Tartan House. The Tartan House sold all types of Scottish items. They attended “The Scottish Games” all across the United States selling their items. Betty put her seamstress skills to work again making all different types of Scottish clothing for their business including Kilts. Betty became well know across the United States for her kilts. Bettys Kilts and Scottish clothing made a national debut when Columbia Studios contacted Betty and asked her to design all the clothing for an episode of Heart to Heart. In November of 1983 episode #97 “Highland Fling” showcased Betty’s amazing Kilts and Scottish attire. When the Chicago Police Department started their Pipes & Drums Band they contacted The Tartan House and Betty designed and created all the kilts for the band. She also created all the kilts for the New York City Police Department Pipes & Drums Band. Betty and her husband was instrumental in designing the tartan for the US Air Force Reserve Band in Georgia. On July 4, 2009 Betty and her husband renewed their wedding vows. All of her life Betty was spunky, sassy and very stubborn. She defended her loved ones in every circumstance. It was nothing for the 5’2” spitfire to try and take on someone two or three times her size just to stand up for someone she loved dearly. One of the things we all loved about her the most was what we all feared the most at the same time. She told it like it was, or at least the way she saw it. There was no filter, or pause to a thought she had if it came to her mind it came out of her mouth. We did have to do a lot of apologizing for her when we were out in public. Although those with her were embarrassed she never was, ever. She would stand in the grocery checkout and fight for $1.00 for an hour if she thought she was right. She brought and spread a lot of wisdom to those around her. She always had some type of advice or saying to share. One that she used a lot, “What’s for you won’t get by you”. Betty will truly be missed by all of her family and friends, but a little piece of her will carry on in each and every one of our hearts.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 4 pm to 6 pm at Newcomer North Chapel (4104 Needmore Rd., Dayton, OH 45424). A memorial service will begin at 6 pm.
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