A Dear Member of the Bethania Family Passes Away
Written by President of Bethania Kids, Todd Heidelberger, one week before Betty left this earth
For those of you who do not know Betty, she was a valued member of our board for many years (now a board member emeritus), ever a gentle but consistent advocate for responsible reporting and accountability from our Indian partners and a great lover of our Bethania Kids as well.
The child of missionaries, Betty was born in Gunter, Andra Pradesh in 1929. She spent much of her life in India and graduated from Kodai International School. She was also an archivist for the school for many years. I have seldom seen Betty without a scrap of paper or a pad in her possession on which she is always jotting notes to herself. I often joked with her asking what she was writing about in those secret files of hers. She would just smile and then tuck the pad in her pocket. Betty has always loved her tea and shared with me once that she preferred a little “nip” in it on occasion making Tea Time all the more enjoyable! She was quite a woman, traveling by train across India alone many times well into her seventies and eighties.
Never loosing her missionary spirit of adventure, Betty married Bob Granner later in life, in her late seventies! Bob has been by her side ever since and continues to care for her along with the hospice nurses during this time.
Betty passed away on November 21, 2011 at 10:00 P.M. with her husband, Bob, at her side. Please keep Bob and their whole family in your prayers throughout this Holiday season.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30