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Elizabeth “Betty Mae” Romaine Gartland Guthrie, 87

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Elizabeth “Betty Mae” Romaine Gartland Guthrie

September 9, 1931 – January 5, 2019


Myrtle – Elizabeth “Betty Mae” Romaine Gartland Guthrie, 87, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019 at New Albany Health and Rehab. She was born September 9, 1931 in Smith Valley, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania to Raymond Gartland and Edna Alexander Gartland. She grew up in a rural area of Pennsylvania and spent a great deal of her time with her older sister, Eileen. She helped her take care of her growing family of nine children. She went to work at a young age in a home for widowed ladies. She decided to take the bus to Myrtle, Mississippi where her Mother and two younger brothers were living at the time. That is where she met the father of her three children, the greatest joy of her life-as she told her niece years later. She went back to Pennsylvania when her father died to help her sister take care of their mother. She lived at her sister’s farm because their mother had wanted her own small apartment and Eileen’s husband and her brother, Ebe had renovated a small building on the farm for Betty’s Mother to call home. Betty Mae worked as a cook for some time in a small local restaurant. She later went to work at Senior Folks Home in Orbisonia, Pennsylvania. She always had a desire to help older people who needed some loving care. She and her sister, Eileen loved to sew quilts and made many of them for family members far and wide. The entire family was avid readers and were always swapping the books they had enjoyed. She retired from Magnolia Place in New Albany in 2011 at the age of 79. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church in Marshall County.

Funeral services will be 1:00p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at United Funeral Service with Bro. Louie Williams officiating. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a daughter, Sheila Kay Guthrie Childers Bynum; two sons, Carl Michael Guthrie and Terry Reese Guthrie; six grandchildren: Bobby Childers (Cateena), Brandy Pickett (Robby), Chris Childers (Jennifer), Jen Goudy (Ronnie), Sarah Guthrie and Elizabeth Guthrie; twelve great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her family.

She was preceded in death by Orville [Ebe}, Adrian {Ade}, Freda-at three months, Eileen {Widdy}, Duane {Whitey}, Donald {Donnie}, Joella Kathleen {Polly}, and Terry. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Valerie Rana Meredith.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Childers, Chris Childers, Robby Pickett, Ronnie Goudy, Gaylon Baird and Sonny Downs.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 11:00a.m. till service time at the funeral home.

The family request floral memorials be limited to potted-plants, baskets, or gift items.


JAN 9. 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

United Funeral Service, Inc.

700 Highway 15 South

New Albany, MS, US, 3865


JAN 9. 1:00 PM

United Funeral Service, Inc.

700 Highway 15 South

New Albany, MS, US, 38652!/Obituary

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