GREEN MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Betty Jane Peterson Whitson, of Green Mountain, went to meet her Lord at her home on Friday, January 6, 2012.
She was welcomed by her husband, Ivan Whitson; her parents, Lola and Jim Peterson; sisters, Polly Garland and Jean Hayes; and brother, Dick Peterson.
Betty is survived by her son: Ivan Blaine Whitson and wife, Grace, of Green Mountain; daughters: Vickie Hoyle and husband, Wally, of Spruce Pine, Becky Whitson and husband, Mike, of Burnsville, Pansy Hensley and husband, Tommy, of Green Mountain, and Sally Price and husband, Steve, of Johnson City, TN; 9 grandchildren: Alechia Shinn, Ivan Andrew Hoyle, Matthew Whitson, Kellie Chapman, Beth Sutherland, Marc Whitson, Adrian Whitson, Jonathan Hensley and Benjamin Price; a step grandchild: Heather Price Hughes; 9 great grandchildren: Caleb Hoyle, Kendall Chapman, Mattie Shinn, Carter Hoyle, Eli Shinn, Addison Sutherland, Mylee Chapman, Eden Sutherland and Braxton Whitson; 2 sisters: Maggie Cardwell, of Houston, TX, and Margaret Yelton, of Travelers Rest, SC; and 4 brothers: Monroe, Homer and Tommy Peterson, all of Travelers Rest, SC, and Paul Peterson, of Greenville, SC.
She was a lifelong member of North Bend Freewill Baptist Church of Green Mountain and attended faithfully before becoming ill. She taught varying age groups of Sunday School classes for many years. Betty loved the Lord, her Church family, and her community. She enjoyed more than anything to be able to help someone in some way.
For a great part of her life Betty and her family farmed for their living. In 1965 she began working for WAMY Community Action and continued for 36 years. She loved her job and helped many people during the course of those years.
Betty enjoyed traveling, and during the course of her life, she and her children traveled much of the United States and Canada.
Betty Whitson was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend.
Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Sunday, January 8, 2012, in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Revs. Tommy Hensley, Roger Laws and Rodney Deyton will officiate. Music will be provided by Debbie Deyton and Betty’s grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Monday in Peterson Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 PM Sunday, prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at her home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
The family would like to express sincere appreciation to Betty’s lifelong friends, Kaye Smith, and Linda Hamby, for their wonderful care and help during her last days.
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