In Memory of Betty Hodges

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that we have lost an Alpha Chi Omega sister. Betty Hodges initiated Beta Eta chapter in 1955. Her memorial will be held (address below) on Saturday, July 24th in Atlanta.

Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Hodges, 74, died on July 6, 2010 at her home on Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch, Georgia after a long battle with cancer. Betty was born in Bainbridge, Georgia to Lillian Caldwell Hodges and William Lancelot (“Dance”) Hodges. Several years later, the family moved to Tampa, Florida. Graduating from Tampa’s Plant High School In 1955, Betty enrolled at Florida State University in Tallahassee where she joined Alpha Chi Omega sorority, toured as a trapeze artist with FSU’s all-student “Flying High Circus,” performing proudly at the winter quarters of Ringling Brothers in Sarasota, accepted honorary membership in the F Club, a university athletic excellence award, and became an ardent and lifelong Seminoles fan. She graduated in 1959 with a BA, and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Alabama. In Atlanta, she taught in elementary schools in the Dekalb County School System for thirty-two years. After retiring, she moved to Lake Lanier, where she enjoyed caring for her pets, fishing, gardening, and getting together with the friends she had made in the small lakeside community of Paradise Point. Betty was a gentle soul who loved children and animals. She will be especially missed by her partner, Dot Hartsfield, with whom she established two corporations: Transpet, Inc. (d/b/a Critter Sitters), and Seawatch Beach Properties, LLP. Other survivors include cousins Mayo and Carolyn Livingston of Bainbridge, Georgia, Merle and Edward Sparkman of Charleston, South Carolina, along with several nieces and their children. She is also fondly remembered by her godchildren Reid Hartsfield IV, and Wrece Hartsfield-Mazur, their spouses and children, to whom she was affectionately known as “Aunt B.” There will be a Memorial of Remembrance for Betty on July 24, 2010 at one o’clock in the afternoon at the home of Bonnie and Tom Dougherty, 2412 Bohler Rd., NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The American Cancer Society or The United States Humane Society in memory of Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Hodges.

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