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In loving memory of
Betty Keith
  • December 06, 1936
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  • June 18, 2017

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Betty Lee Keith, 80, left this earth on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Betty succumbed to complications from corticobasal degeneration, while at home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Wendell Keith, daughter Lesa Wood (Tim), son Kendell Keith (Jennifer), granddaughters Kristin Regenold (Matt), Lyndsey Keith, Elise Keith, and Aly Keith, grandsons Christopher Wood (Allison), and Sean Keith, great grandchildren Savannah Regenold, Bennett Regenold, Silas Regenold, and Lyla Wood, and many nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her brother Paul Potts and her sister Belinda Sims. She is also survived by her brother John (Boyden) Potts (Sandy) and her sister Bobbi Marvi (Nat).


Betty will be remembered as a loving daughter, wife, sister, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother. She was born in Banner Elk, North Carolina to Gurney and Beulah Potts. She lived and made life-long friends in Clinton, TN, Marietta, GA, Conyers, GA, Rincon, GA, and Orlando, FL. Her professional career spanned many decades of service working for the Federal Government, including the Tennessee Valley Authority, Dobbins Air Force Base and the Centers for Disease Control, where she retired in 1997.


Betty was a master gardener, member of the Red Hat Society of Savannah, Georgia and member of the Pine Castle Garden Club. She was a dedicated servant of God and member of Rincon First Baptist Church. Betty was known for her beautiful smile and gracious heart. Betty’s home was always open to family, friends and friends of friends.  If you were fortunate enough to be a guest, Betty made sure that you were well-fed with her wonderful home cooking.


The family would like to extend a special thank you to Nona Keith (sister in law) who lived with Betty and Wendell for nearly three years, leaving her own family and friends in Tennessee to lovingly care for Betty through this journey. Others that touched Betty’s life and hold a special place in our hearts are Geralda (GiGi) Joseph and Sherry Smith with Touching Hearts, Sherrie Labarre, Collette, Claudia, Pastor Gilmar Dousa, and numerous other nurses, doctors, and caregivers with Cornerstone Hospice.


A Celebration of Life will be held in Betty’s honor as follows:


Marcy Chapel

First United Methodist Church of Winter Park

125 North Interlachen Ave.

Winter Park, FL 32789

10:30 AM

Saturday, June 24, 2017


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Betty Keith to Cornerstone Hospice and Pallative Care as follows:


By phone:  (352) 742-6819 or (888) 728-6234


By mail:  Checks made payable to:

Cornerstone Hospice Foundation
2445 Lane Park Road
Tavares, FL 32778


By going to the following link:  https://donate.cshospice.org/


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  1. Laura Coker says:
    22 Jun 2017
    Wendell and family, My prayers go out to you all as you feel the loss of Dear Betty. Betty and I worked together for years at CDC and she was always a pleasure as well as a teacher, a friend and a match maker. Betty will always be remembered, missed and loved.
    Laura Coker

  2. Laura Coker lit a candle:
    22 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 22, 2017 at 6:25:46 PM

  3. Bobbi and Nat says:
    22 Jun 2017
    I am thankful to have had a sister who gave so much love to others and was loved by all that knew her. The fun filled memories of our lives spent together will help ease the pain felt from Betty's death . I will continue to feel her love she blessed me with for the rest of my life. Nat and I send our love to Wendell, Lesa, Kendall and Betty and Wendell's grandchildren, and grreat grandchildren.

  4. Violet Crumpley Chabot says:
    21 Jun 2017
    Dear Wendell and family, we are so sorry for your loss.
    Prayers for the family hon.
    Love you.

  5. Betty CONNELL lit a candle:
    20 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 20, 2017 at 6:10:04 PM

  6. Mel and Wanda Kesterson says:
    20 Jun 2017
    Wendell and family.
    Our hearts are broken to hear this. Betty suffered so bad but she always was ready to cook for her family and take care of them even knowing she was in pain with a big smile on her face. She was the most caring person I have ever known beside my Mother. Tell all the family we are so sad for them and you but she is with Jesus with no more pain.
    Wendell . We love you and Bat said he wish we could come but am not able to travel a long way since I was sick. But we will see each other I hope in the future. Bat and I loved you and Betty like brother and sister. Blessing's to all of you.

  7. Larry and Debbie lit a candle:
    20 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 20, 2017 at 6:53:34 PM

  8. Priscilla Tarpley says:
    20 Jun 2017
    I am so sad about Betty's passing. She was such a special friend who always had a beautiful smile. She and Wendell were always wonderful hosts who made everyone seem so welcome, and we loved her delicious cooking. She will be greatly missed!

  9. Larry Stehens says:
    20 Jun 2017
    While Betty is experiencing "joys unspeakable" my heart goes out to you and the pain you're feeling now. I pray the Lord will surround you with His peace beyond understanding and His comforting arms to strengthen you.

  10. Priscilla Tarpley lit a candle:
    20 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 20, 2017 at 6:08:50 PM

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    20 Jun 2017
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  14. Dorothy Howell says:
    20 Jun 2017
    So sorry for your loss. Betty was a very lovely lady and I treasure the fact that we knew each other. I pray that the family will have peace and comfort as they make this journey.
    Dot Wallace Howell

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