The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

December 27, 2012

Betty ‘Betsy’ Gardner

For The News Courier

— Betty “Betsy” Butler Gardner, 83, died Dec. 25, 2012, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mrs. Gardner was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Lorene Butler.

She is survived by her brother, Charles and Susie Butler of Athens; her sister, Deane and Ted Garner of Hilton Head, S.C.; and her best friend, Juanita Shaver of Nashville. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Betty attended Athens College in Athens and Peabody College and Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She began her teaching career in Ardmore, Ala., and the Williamson County Schools. She taught business education for 25 years at Cohn High School, finishing her career at John Overton High School in Nashville. Betty loved her students and has continued to maintain friendships with many over the years. She retired in 1987 and began to enjoy gardening, golf, hiking and motor home travel. She hiked many trails throughout the United States, including Alaska. Betty loved hiking because she felt closer to her God when in the midst of nature. She was a faithful member of Crieve Hall Church of Christ.

Pallbearers will be Chris Anderson, Nick Anderson, Justin Anderson, Ted Garner, Eddie Garner and David Owen.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. today.

A funeral ceremony to remember her wonderful life will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Dignity Hall of Woodlawn Roesch Patton Funeral Home.

A graveside ceremony will follow at 3 p.m. at Hayden Cemetery in New Hope.

Memorial donations may be made to the Nashville Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St. Nashville, Tenn., or to the Nashville Alzheimer’s Association, 4825 Trousdale Drive, Suite 220, Nashville, Tenn. 37220