She was born on August 31, 1926 in Randolph County, Illinois to her parents, George Washington Rodenberg and Mauda Louima Ningler Rodenberg who predecease her. In addition to her parents, Betty is predeceased by her husband John Fowler Taylor.
She is survived by her daughter Beverly Allison Taylor Vetter and son-in-law Norman Kolbe Vetter of Manchester, TN as well as her three granddaughters Brooksany Vettergreen of Haverhill, MA; Holly Vetter of Las Vegas, NV; and Autumn Vetter of Nashville, TN.
Betty graduated from Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO in 1947, having attended as part of the U.S. government’s Cadet Nurse Program, which trained nurses for wartime service. Her great love was public health, especially the areas of women’s health and childhood immunizations. She worked for the Coffee County Health Department as a Public Health nurse for 24 years.
Betty was skilled in sewing, and particularly enjoyed making clothing and apparel for her family and friends. She was also a very talented cook, and was especially drawn to international cuisine from areas where her husband’s military travel had taken her family. Betty was active in the American Legion Auxiliary and served locally as an officer and also as Fifth District Auxiliary President.
Betty was a long time member of Manchester First United Methodist Church and enjoyed singing in the adult choir for many years. She also taught children’s Sunday school and served on various church committees.
For the last two years, Betty was a resident of McArthur Manor assisted living facility in Manchester and truly felt love for her extended “family” of friends and caretakers there.
Visitation with the family will be on Thursday evening, August 30, 2012 from 5:00 p.m.until 8:00 p.m. at Central Funeral Home.
A Graveside Service will be conducted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens with Reverend Neal Glass officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For information please visit: http://www.stjude.org/waystohelp.
Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN.