Betty Fae (Smith) Barrow

Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Soldotna resident Ms. Betty Fae (Smith) Barrow, 91, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with her family by her side.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at The Page Memorial Methodist Church in Aberdeen, N.C. Rev. Jane Leechfield will officiate. She will be interred at the Pine Lawn Cemetery in Southern Pines, N.C. will full military honors.

Ms. Barrow was born Nov. 11, 1918, to Willis Vernon and Delilah Lucinda (Dodd) Smith in Hickory, Okla., Indian Territory. She graduated from high school and furthered her education by attending the Weeden School of Nursing in Duncan, Okla., and became a registered nurse. Betty enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 16, 1945, serving as a nurse with the 385th station hospital in Germany. She was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in 1950. In 2003 she moved from Southern Pines to be near her daughter who lives in Soldotna. Betty met her husband of 51 years, George Barrow, in 1949 at Ft. Hood, Texas, and they spent the next 20 years in the Army traveling the world. She worked in Fulda, Germany from 1950-53 as a registered nurse. Betty then worked in Tehran, Iran from 1965-67 as a registered nurse as well. For many years Betty worked for the National Orthopedic and Rehab Hospital in Arlington, VA., retiring with them in 1979. Betty loved gardening, reading, and watching John Wayne Movies.

"In the six years our independent mother and grandmother lived in Alaska, she loved her little house, her yard, the moose and birds that inhabited her neighborhood and the long summer days," her family said. "In the winters however, only a king size Hershey bar could bring her a smile. Her deep hearty laughter filled the room and visits from family and friends always made her day. Her only regret was that John Wayne had quit making movies."

Ms. Barrow was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, George Barrow Lt Col. (Ret); brothers, Thurman, Corbett, Leon, Lloyd and Floyd Smith; sisters, Beulah Hathaway, Minnie Turnham, Ann Dunn and Nona Robertson; and nephews, Allan Hathaway, Corbett Jr., Gene and Dwight Smith, and Jack Dunn.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth "Wizzy" Cooper and her husband, James, of Soldotna; grandson, Jason B. Harper and his wife, Cullen, of Anchorage; step-grandsons, Toby Cooper and his wife, Rachel, of Laytonville, Calif., and Scott Tolladay and his wife, Carol, of Galloway, N.J.; step-great-grandchildren, Warren and Evan Cooper of Laytonville, Calif.; nieces, Lawanna Chancey, Ruth Timmons, Mary Graves, Rose Hall, Judy Neslege, Regina Cheek and Kay Smith; nephews, W.V. Hathaway, Bill Smith, Don Dunn, and M.A. Robertson, Jr. and his wife, Brenda.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made in memory of Betty to Wake County Hospice, 1300 St. Mary's Street 4th Floor Raleigh, NC 27605.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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