Catherine "Betty" (McKinnon) Willey

Born: Sat., Mar. 1, 1941
Died: Sun., Jul. 2, 2017

Memorial Service

5:00 PM Thu., Jul. 06, 2017
Location: Union Point Community Center

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Catherine Elizabeth "Betty" Willey went to heaven Sunday, July 2, 2017.  She was born in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia Canada on March 1, 1941.  Her late parents Joseph B & Ida McKinnon raised her and her sister Gail MacKinnon (Roger) and (late) brother C. Richard McKinnon in Andover and Lawrence, MA where they attended St. Patrick's Catholic Schools.

"Betty", as she was preferred to be called and nicknamed by her favorite Grandmother Deveaux-Gracie, had many jobs in her lifetime but always said her dream job was to ‘be a Mom’.

She raised her children in Derry, NH by way of Montreal Quebec, Canada. Then in her later years she lived seasonally in Clam Harbour, NS Canada and Union Point, GA with the love of her life George A. Willey.  She worked as a cook at Ingles deli in Greensboro and was also a well known Quilter.

Betty was predeceased by a son Thomas J. Landers in 1978 and her husband George A. Willey in 1995. She leaves behind two daughters, Tammis Johnson (Bobby), Tonya Coile (late Kerry Joe); a son Michael Joaquin; and grandchildren, Tara Coile (Billy), Tarsha Brown (Wayne), Emily Joaquin, Greg Johnson (Karen) & Sarah Johnson; her great grandchildren, Cami Brown, Zoe Bryant & Evan Johnson; and many stepchildren with her late husband. Also, she will be greatly missed by her close friends Carolyn Dawson & Angela Bryant.

A memorial service, followed by a mercy meal, will be held at the Union Point Community Center, 707 Hart Avenue,  Union Point Georgia 30669 on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm. All are welcome to join us to celebrate our extraordinary mother and friend.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary's Home & Hospice or to the GA Vascular Society. Org. Callaway Funeral Home, 208 N. Rhodes Street, Union Point, GA 30669, (706) 486-4138, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.



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Gail MacKinnon
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017

SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent by Gail MacKinnon.

My deepest sympathy to Betty's children, grandchildren, and all family members, and friends. I know she will leave a hole in your hearts, until you meet again. RIP sister dear! Gail MacKinnon and Roger Hargraves (brother-in-law).

Laura Stapleton Stewart
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017
So sorry to hear about Betty. Enjoyed working with her at the Sock Shop. We had lots of fun and enjoyed our work.

Duane Higdon
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017
My god bless you all. Ms Betty was extraordinary and will be greatly missed. Duane & Hollie Higdon and the Higdons.

Gilbert & Jeanette McKinnon
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
Dear Family ~ We were saddened to learn of Betty's passing and wish to convey our most sincere condolences to all of you. Our thought and prayers will be with you as we ask Our Lord to help you through this difficult time. Although we had not seen Betty for many years, happy memories & thoughts go back to when we were all younger and life was less complicated. Our love & prayers, Cousin-Gilbert McKinnon (s/o Bart & Helen McKinnon) & wife, Jeanette McKinnon

Wanda McCannon
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
Dear Tonya & Family,

I am sorry to hear about Miss Betty. You and the family will be in my prayers. I pray that God will give you strength, courage and comfort in the days to come.

Mark and Susan
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
Tanya, Tara, Tarsha, we are so sorry for your loss. "Miss" Betty was a fun person who will be missed greatly in little home town. We love you all.

Barry and Teresa Churchwell
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
Our deepest sympathy in passing of your mom and grandmother.
She was always friendly and nice. Looked forward to talking with
her at Ingles and the post office. She was so proud of her family.
May the warm and loving memories help to comfort you.
God bless you!