Betty Gordon Bateman
August 24, 1934 – October 5, 2021
Betty Jean Gordon was born on August 24, 1934 in Columbia, South Carolina, where she spent her childhood with younger brother, Robert. She attended Blue Mountain College and later transferred to the University of South Carolina, where she met the love of her life, John Bateman. They married on December 22, 1954. She then completed her bachelor’s degree at USC in 1956.
They were blessed with the birth of their first child, Michael, in November 1956. John accepted a position at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas, where Mark, their second son, was born in July 1960. David was born in Wichita in April 1962, completing the happy family. The family relocated again to New Orleans, Louisiana.
In 1969, the Batemans moved to Titusville, Florida, where John spent many years aiding in the Apollo Space Program at Kennedy Space Center. Betty received her master’s degree at the University of Central Florida (called Florida Technological University at that time,) while working in Brevard County schools as a teacher and administrator. But she found her true calling beginning in 1973 when she began leading women’s Bible study classes. She continued teaching and mentoring for the next 30 years with Park Avenue Baptist Church.
As John and Betty entered their “empty-nest years,” they were able to enjoy extensive world travels, usually through cruises. And they loved their summers in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and watching their sons marry and raise their own families.
Unfortunately, Betty’s schedule slowed a bit when she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2005. Through prayer and infusion treatments God healed her and she was declared in full remission in 2009. Although spiritually strong, her health deteriorated beginning in 2010 due to her osteoporosis.
She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Robert. She is survived by husband, John, children, Michael (Robin), Mark (Rachel), David (Brenda), grandchildren, Sarah, Mark Jr. (Megan), James, John, Michelle (Anthony), Matthew, and great-grandson, Emmett.
She was in love with Jesus through the good times and the hard times, as she continued to care for John, her family, and her dear friends as best as she could. She breathed her last breath on earth on October 5, 2021, and then took her next joyful breath in heaven with her best friend and Savior. We thank God for her life and legacy.