Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


WOOSTER “ Betty Rae Bagwell left her earthly home and entered God ™s beautiful realm on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.   She will be fondly missed by her family and many world-wide friends for her generosity, compassion for others, and Christian beliefs and faith.
She was born in Akron on March 29, 1929 to parents Zebulon Vance and Birdie Moss Bagwell.   Surviving family members are nephew Thomas P. McMillen Jr. (Shirley), Nancy McMillen, great nieces Christine (Don) Geiser, Melissa McMillen Shaw (Rob), Beth (Sean) Starr, Catherine McMillen Gill (Richard); great nephews Kelly McMillen (Monica Hinchey), Troy (Emily) McMillen, Mark McMillen (Lianne Cerminara) and 13 great-great nieces and nephews.   Also, a special friend and cousin Doris Finger of Atlanta, Georgia.
Betty attended Akron Schools, Akron University, Ohio State University and Tulane University.   Her accomplishments were attending Ohio State University Hospital Administration Graduate Program.   She started as a part-time employee in Akron Hospitals Administration offices and rose to the office of Executive Director (CEO).   There she worked for over 30 years.   From there Betty started her own recruitment business for Health Care Physicians and Upper Management called BRB Associates.   She retired in Atlanta, Georgia as a Human Resource Director in 1986.
Betty was a Life Fellow of the American College of Hospital Administration.   As a board member and officer she served on the Akron Hospital Board, the Ohio Osteopathic Association, Akron University School of Nursing and the Cuyahoga Falls School LPN.
Betty enjoyed community service and served as President of Seniors reporting to the Wooster Mayor for several years.   She was also a member of Northview Alliance Church of Wooster and a founder and leader of Quota Club of Wooster.   She enjoyed traveling both in the United States and abroad.   Gardening and community service was a passion of hers.   She was loved by all who met her for her strong will and Christian beliefs.   She had a great influence on others and will be missed dearly here on this earthly home.
Friends will be received one half hour prior to the 11:00 a.m. service on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Northview Alliance Church, 3464 Burbank Road, Wooster with Rev. Geno Colarusso officiating.   Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Akron.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Those who wish may make contributions to Ohio ™s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to the Northview Alliance Church.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions
Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or the Northview Alliance Church,

Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church

Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Northview Alliance Church


  1. Forever in your debt and honour Aunt Betty! You’ve left a permanent stamp on our hearts. Thank you for teaching us the power of perseverance and faith. Your legacy lives on through each of us. The impact of your service to your community, your professional achievement is immeasurable. I thank you for the lifetime of fond memories and traditions. You’ve enriched our lives in countless ways. I miss you already. Cathy McMillen – Gill

  2. To Betty’s family, in the short time I knew your Aunt, Great aunt Betty she became a very special person to me. I am so thankful God allowed our paths to cross. I miss her but am so thankful to know she knew the Master and loved Him. No more pain for Betty. May her legacy live on in each of your lives. She loved you. Tena Miller

  3. Dear Sis,

    Please send all the family our best wishes and a big hug to all of them. We have you, all your family and of course aunt Betty in our prayers. Understanding that she is now sitting in heaven next to God, enjoying eternal life.
    I’m sure aunt Betty will be missed down here, but she will be always next to each one of us in our hearts.

    Many blessings to all of you.

  4. Thank you Aunt Betty for all the memories we created with you. I always admired your strong and determined personality but even more your sweet and caring persona that you always found time to give us. Heaven is happy to have you there, Aunt Betty. My deepest condolences to all the family that I love and cherish. May God comfort your hearts.I love you all!

  5. Betty was truly a wonderful lady. My grandfather and I once spent the day doing various landscaping around her yard, and getting to chat with her was a true joy. I’m thankful I got to know her in my time growing up at Northview Alliance Church. I’m so thankful for the love of Jesus Christ – she gets to spend eternity with our Creator, Savior, Father, and Friend.

  6. I am so sorry to learn of Betty Bagwell’s passing. She is a longtime relative in Ohio and has sent me a Christmas Card and note for many years. I live in Charlotte, NC

  7. Only learned today, 18th March, 2022, of Betty’s death. She had wanted me to play a certain piece at her funeral service. Alas, no one contacted me. Betty and my father were childhood friends. Same neighborhood, same school, same Alliance church. Our families were very, very close. I well remember her mother and her sister. Maybe someone in the family will contact me. The Wooster church office has my E-mail address. Walt


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