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Betty May Carr Ladson

Betty May Carr Ladson, 84, of Franklin, TN, and previously of Buckhannon, WV, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, TN.

Born on May 4, 1939, in Buckhannon, Betty’s life was characterized by service, intellectual curiosity, and a deep love for her family. A graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1956, she went on to complete her undergraduate degree at Augusta College in Augusta, GA, and her master’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis. In the words of Albert Einstein, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile,” and Betty lived this truth as Director of Social Services at Northcrest Medical Center in Springfield, Tennessee.

A lover of rock & roll, cross stitching, and computer-based stationery, Betty was a woman of many passions. She had a unique talent for word games and card games, and a special place in her heart for animals, especially cats. Betty was a stickler for proper grammar, a trait that reflected her love for learning and her passion for education. In addition to her professional accomplishments, she carried a large heart for the underprivileged and older people, and she was known for her gregarious nature. As Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” and Betty made everyone feel loved and valued.

Forever cherishing their memories of Betty are her three children: Roberta Campbell and husband, John, of Corinth, MS, Nancy Gardner and husband, Randy, of Franklin, TN, and Susan Kiefer and companion, J. Mykol, of Toledo, OH; five grandchildren: Robert Campbell, Colin Campbell and wife, Tori, Megan Campbell, Erin Gardner, and David Mohler; three great-grandchildren: Brendan, Finnick, and Lailah; three brothers: Gary Carr and companion, Luz Ruble, John Carr III and wife, Bonnie, and Jack Spencer and wife, Phyllis; and several nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, John William Carr Jr. and Helen Virginia Dean Carr.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service at Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2023. Interment will follow.

We, at Clutter Funeral and Cremation located at 21 Elnora Circle in Buckhannon, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Betty May Carr Ladson. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ClutterFuneralHome.com.

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