Born in Louisville, KY, she was a daughter of the late John Bidwell and Versa Hart Waltrip. Betty was formerly employed with The Advertiser and Laurens County Library. She was a member of the Presbyterian Women and Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church where she served as the church historian. Mrs. Irwin was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for over 50 years.
Surviving are four children, Mary I. Nordstrom and husband Richard of Fountain Inn, Fred Irwin, Jr. of Laurens, Joyce I. Rambo and husband Robert of Laurens, and John Irwin and wife Elaine of Laurens; seven grandchildren, Melissa Cogdill, Amy Lee, Julie Wilkie, Tinsley Irwin, Anna Garrett, Ben Irwin, and Will Irwin; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Betty was predeceased by a son, James S. Irwin and a sister, Mary Ann May.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. Robert Brozina with burial following in the church cemetery.
The family will be at their respective homes and will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church, 1063 Rocky Springs Church Rd, Laurens, SC 29360.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.