Betty Hufstetler Heath, 90, of Dawson, Georgia, passed away July 31, 2020, at the Mattie H. Marshall Center of Magnolia Manor in Americus, Georgia.
She was born to the late John Wesley Hufstetler and Pearl Abernathy Hufstetler, September 13, 1929, in Terrell County, Georgia. She graduated from Graves High School and received a Master’s Degree in early childhood education from Georgia Southwestern College in 1975.
She married the late John Glenn Heath in 1949 and lived in Terrell County all of their married life. Betty is survived by her two sons, John A. Heath (Kay) of Americus and Ralph Gerald “Jerry” Heath (Sue) of Dawson; her brother, Jack Hufstetler (Arlene) of Dawson; two sisters-in-law, Linda Hufstetler of Greenville, South Carolina and Helen Hufstetler of Albany, Georgia. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Leann Heath Miller, William Jason Lee, and John Collin Heath; great-grandchildren, Maddox and Kayden Miller, Alyssa Fletcher, and Addison Lee; and a number of nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her loving husband in 1996.
Betty was an elementary school teacher for 43 years, teaching in Columbus, Georgia, before moving to the Terrell County public school system and then to Terrell Academy. She was well-loved as an elementary teacher and as a member of the Dixie Squaredancing Association, as well as being one of the founding members of the Merry Legs Squaredancing Club. She brought her squaredancing skills into her classroom as many of her students will remember. One of her former students said, “Mrs. Heath was an inspiration and icon to legions of us.”
Private graveside services will be held on Monday, August 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Dawson, Georgia. The family wishes in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (phone #: 781-237-3800 Email: email@example.com) or to the Methodist Home for Children and Youth (P.O. Box 2525, Macon, GA 31204 phone #: 478-751-2800).
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