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Lucille Anthony Betts
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Description: Lucille Anthony Betts taught Eighth Grade at OCIS. Picture from 83 OCIS Annual.

Jennifer Dawson
OCHS Class of 1989

The Athens Banner-Herald

November 20, 2004 OBITUARIES

Lucille Anthony Betts

Watkinsville - Lucille Anthony Betts, age 86 of Watkinsville died November 18, 2004.

A native of Oconee County, she was the daughter of the late Rev. E.N. Anthony and Jewell Lanier Anthony. The widow of William M. 'Bill' Betts, she received her Masters in Education Degree from the University of Georgia. She taught for many years in the Oconee County School System and later served several positions on the central office staff.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 3 pm Sunday at the funeral home. A private cryptside service will be held later.

Surviving are two daughters: Nancy Arnold of Lawrenceville and Marjorie Collins of Monroe, NC; two sons: Bell Betts of Augusta and John Betts of Watkinsville; a sister: Elma A. McGuire of Athens; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a sister: Hazel A. Hale.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to your favorite charity.

Arthur Bowick's Oconee Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at
Athens Banner-Herald, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004
Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on 11/20/2004.
The Athens Banner-Herald
December 12, 2007 OCONEE LIVING
Two former teachers named to Hall of Fame
Lucille Anthony Betts & Emma Ola Michael
Special to Oconee
Two former teachers recently were inducted into the Oconee County School System's Hall of Fame for 2007
Here is portion of the nomination stories presented on each of the women named to the Hall of Fame. Each year, the district names two people to the Hall of Fame. The program began in 1999 with the induction of five people. Two people have been named each year since.
Lucille Anthony Betts: She taught at the elementary and middle school level after going back to college at age 50 to get her degree. After retiring as a teacher, she continued to work for the school system as the county's truant officer, where she checked on residency requirements and located any students that needed help with their education. She retired from the school system in 2002 and died in November 2004. An avid outdoorswoman, she loved fishing and obtained her pilot's license.
"There are few, if any, who gave as much to the Oconee County schools for as long a period of time as did Lucille Betts. Long beyond the age at which most loyal educators put the school system in their past, Lucille continued to give and give and give," Sherica Dickens said.
"Lucille Betts was what we like to call a 'true educator.' During her tenure as a teacher, she was a wonderful, caring woman who could teach and be strict when necessary, but always with compassion and love for the children," Dickens said.
"By the time we became colleagues and friends of Lucille, she was well in her 70s and had enough energy to make her the envy of people many years her junior. She drove the roads of the county finding out where students lived (and if they lived where they said) and was well known for parking beside the road in the wee hours of the morning to see if a student was really living in their listed house. In fulfilling her duties, she spoke of being cursed, threatened and chased by dogs, but she never gave up. On the occasion when she found a student to be in need of help, a different side of Lucille was demonstrated. The kind and caring teacher in her came out and she would do what she could, advocating for the child to get the help he or she needed to be successful in our schools. It was this dedication to the taxpayers of the county as well as the dedication to doing what was best for children that made Lucille a true treasure for so many years in our count," Doug and Barb Eza said.
"Working was not always easy for Lucille. Her devoted husband, Bill, was in his later years, and housebound for the most part. She had to balance her care giving responsibilities to him with her school commitment. She was one amazing woman, as she gave both Bill and the schools 100 percent effort while, at the same time, always having a little extra time to work in the garden, make fig preserves, and bring cakes or cookies to the office staff," the couple said.
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