Betty Grace Hughes Harper passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Thursday, Feb. 16th, 2023 at age 90. Betty was born to Flauda and Wilma Roberts Hughes on Sep. 5th, 1932 in Hamilton,
Betty met her husband, Glen Lee Harper, in high school. They married approximately six years later on Dec. 23, 1954 and went on to have three sons, Johnny, Timmy, and Tommy.
Betty often joked that even if she had twelve children, they would all be boys. Early in their marriage, Betty and Glen moved to Fort Belvoir, Va. where she worked across the street from the Capital. One of her favorite memories was the beauty of the cherry blossoms in spring. She returned to Hamilton when Glen was shipped overseas, and went to work in the garment industry where she remained for over 30 years. Betty and Glen were happily married for over 25 years. After Glen's passing, Betty refused to date, citing, "Once you've had the best, no one else will do".
Betty was a fiercely dedicated mother and an independent woman. To Betty, family came first, and the hole left by her absence is impossible to fill. Betty was passionate about reading Louis L'Amour books, making silk flower arrangements, sewing, and spending time with family. In later years, she enjoyed her work at the Walmart pharmacy and the Wellness Center where she could be around people. Throughout her life, she held an unwavering faith in God, and was a lifelong member of Fulton Bridge Baptist Church.
Betty joins her husband, Glen, and her parents, Flauda and Wilma, and a granddaughter, Miranda, in Heaven. She is survived by her sons, Johnny (Debra) Harper, Tim (Micki) Harper, Tommy (Amy) Harper, eight grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren, brother, Wayne (Paula) Hughes, and many cherished nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her spoiled and pampered pets, Lady, Annie, and Ebony.
Her funeral service was Tuesday, Feb. 21st at Fulton Bridge Baptist Church with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
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