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Betty Erwin Standish
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Birth: 1926
Death: Sep. 26, 2009

1926 Sept. 26, 2009

After a long, wonderful life and a courageous battle with cancer, Betty Erwin Standish passed away in her home in River Hills, South Carolina, on Sept. 26, surrounded by her family. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 10, at the River Hills Community Church with the Rev. Bruce Jones officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

Betty, as she was known to all, was born in Mitchell, in 1926. She graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, where she was a member of the Tri Delta sorority. In 1947, she married William Rariden Standish of Bedford. She enjoyed 62 happy years as a wife, mother, and grandmother and is proud of what she and her husband have accomplished with their lives.

While in Bedford, Betty served on the Library Board and started the Thrift Shop to support it. She also worked with area officials to begin a local Mental Health Association because so little was understood about mental health illness at that time. In 1960 Betty, her husband, and her two sons moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, purchasing the John J. Morton Company and later establishing The Marble and Stone Shop. In 1979, the family relocated to River Hills on Lake Wylie in South Carolina.

In addition to her family, Betty drew great satisfaction from her career as an educator with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Betty began teaching in 1969 at South Mecklenburg High School where she began the Fashion Merchandising Program and was selected Outstanding Vocational Teacher of the Year. Betty subsequently served as the first woman Director for all Vocational Programs for junior and senior high schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Revered by her teachers, Betty credits them with all that was accomplished under her guidance.

After retirement in 1991, Betty went on to serve her friends and neighbors in River Hills by establishing an adult education program known as the River Hills Communiversity. Most especially, she has enjoyed the women of her book club.

Betty was well-loved as a wife, mother, grandmother, and pending great-grandmother, a career woman, friend, neighbor, and passionate animal advocate. She taught all who knew her by leading them to be kind and generous to others, especially those in need.

She is survived by her husband, Bill of the home; her son, William R. Standish, II, of Charlotte and West Jefferson, her son, Myles E. Standish and wife Shelley J. Crisp of Summerfield, N.C.; six grandchildren, William "Trey" R. Standish, III, and wife Kate of Raleigh, Katherine Standish Graves and husband Drew Graves of Atlanta, Ga., Edward Reid Standish and Alice Starr Standish, of Summerfield, and Nigel R. Standish and Nora Elizabeth Standish of Concord; and her brother, Dr. Robert Beverly Erwin of Greenfield, and family.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS, 4 Heritage Dr., Lake Wylie, SC 29710, or to the charity of your choice.

M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Lake Wylie, S.C. is serving the family of Mrs. Standish.
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Originally Created by: Susan (Haldeman) Fowler
Record added: Oct 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42682961

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