|Birth: ||Sep. 13, 1921|
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 2011|
Elizabeth "Betty" Pilcher Newman passed away peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 26, 2011, after a long illness. She was born Sept. 13, 1921 in Carter, OK, the fifth child of Josiah Micagah Pilcher and Lillie Mae Fleming Pilcher.
Her love of learning and achievement as a scholar was a constant throughout her life. She graduated Salutatorian from Carter High School and was class Valedictorian at Oklahoma Western Junior College. She completed Bachelor's and Master's of Arts degrees in American History and Government at the University of Oklahoma. She brought her extensive knowledge of history and passion for teaching to thousands of middle and high school children throughout her long career as an educator. She taught and tutored History and American Government in Oklahoma, Caracas, Venezuela, Texas, New Jersey and Mississippi.
After Beaumont, she followed Bob to Brunei, on the island of Borneo, where they lived for two years. There Betty studied Chinese, eventually learning 2000 characters. It was also there where she developed her artistic skills, often taking her easel to the beach to paint. They again returned to the States, settling for five years in Montclair, New Jersey before moving to Brandon, Mississippi in 1978 where she taught until retiring from Brandon Academy in 1985.
In Brandon, Betty became a prolific artist using many different mediums to paint, including oils, acrylics and watercolors, and developed a passion for china painting. Betty is a founding member and past president of the Mississippi Porcelain Artists Guild. She was well known for her china painting - selling and donating many beautiful pieces. Her canvases and china adorn her home and those of her family and friends.
Betty was a member of Crossgates Methodist Church in Brandon where she taught the Bethel Bible Course for ten years and volunteered at the church Children's Center.
Health concerns prompted Betty and Bob to relocate closer to their children and they moved to Spring, Texas in 2004. In 2008 they moved to Woodland Ridge Assisted Living in Smyrna, Georgia.
She is survived by her husband Robert; her children, Anita Kay Newman of South Carver, Massachusetts; Roger Clarke Newman and his wife, Marilyn of Spring, Texas; Randolph Eugene Newman and his wife, JoAnne of Smyrna, Georgia; grandchildren: Kelly Lynne Ivutin and husband, Oleg, of Smyrna, Georgia; Richard Clarke Newman and wife, Davia of Decatur, Alabama; Kristin Laine Newman of San Francisco, California; and Clark Patrick Newman and wife, Valerie of Tacoma Park, Maryland; four great-grandchildren: Luka William Ivutin, Stefan Clarke Ivutin, Maxeem Gregory Ivutin, and Logan Elizabeth Newman, many nieces and nephews. Betty was the first to say, "I have been very lucky and I have lived a wonderful life."
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 10 at 11 am at Crossgates United Methodist Church, 23 Crossgates Drive, Brandon, MS 39042. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 10 am. Memorial gifts may be made in Betty's honor to Crossgates United Methodist Church.
Josiah Micagah Pilcher (1877 - 1957)
Lillie Mae or May Fleming Pilcher (1882 - 1971)
William Rogers Pilcher (1907 - 1973)*
Curtis Leroy Pilcher (1909 - 1970)*
Frances Jane Pilcher (1912 - 1924)*
Lillie Mae Pilcher Street (1916 - 1998)*
Elizabeth Pilcher Newman (1921 - 2011)
Dorcas Marie Pilcher (1925 - 1950)*
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes are housed in an urn at the home of her son, Randy Newman.
Created by: Kerri Street-Manuel
Record added: Apr 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88927292