Dec. 3, 1922 Marion Williamson County Illinois, USA
Sep. 15, 2011 Marion Williamson County Illinois, USA
Betty was one of four children born to Robert Oscar and Fannie (Davis) Boatright. She was never married.
The Southern Illinoisan, IL September 18, 2011
MARION -- Betty Ann Boatright, 88, lifelong resident of Marion, passed away peacefully at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at her home.
She was born Sunday, Dec. 3, 1922, in Marion, the daughter of Robert O. and Fannie (Davis) Boatright.
Betty attended school in Marion, and was a graduate of the Marion High School. She was the first female to receive the Rotary's Diamond Key awarded to a Marion High School student, something she was very proud of. After graduation, she continued on with her education and received her bachelor's degree in education and her master's degree in music, both from SIU Carbondale.
Betty began her teaching career in the Marion Elementary Schools for two years. She then began teaching in the Herrin Community Unit IV Schools and continued there for the next 36 years until her retirement in 1982, as music supervisor.
She has been a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Marion since 1933. Betty served as director of music for the church for about 50 years, served as the church organist and pianist for more than 60 years and was coordinator for the children's choir for many years.
Some of her other affiliations and memberships included Delta Kappa Gamma, Alpha Kappa Chapter Teacher's Society from 1949 to present, Beta Sigma Phi-Preceptor Laureate Rho Chapter, life member of the National Education Association and the Illinois Education Association, the Williamson County Retired Teachers Association, Charter member of the United Methodist Women's Group of Aldersgate Church and former member of the Marion Fortnightly Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Virginia (Boatright) Mann in 1966, and Lois Jane Boatright who passed away at the age of 4 in 1920; infant brother who died at birth; two aunts, Bess Davis Swinney in 1969, and Jess Davis in 1971, both who were her mother's sisters.
The family would like to especially thank her caregivers for the loving care shown to her and the many church family members, who visited, sent cards and prayed for her.
Arrangements for Betty A. Boatright have been entrusted to the Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court Street, of Marion.
A time of visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in Aldersgate United Methodist Church, located at 1201 N. Fair Street, Marion. After the time of visitation, the funeral service will be at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Tim Ozment presiding. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery of Marion.
For those who prefer, memorial contributions may be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church Building Fund or Aldersgate United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
Memorial contribution envelopes will be available at the church or may be mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, P.O. Box 370, Marion, IL 62959.
For additional information or to leave an online condolence or memory, visit www.wilsonmcreynolds.com.