Wilson, Betty Lou Greenwood

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Betty Lou Greenwood Wilson, age 82, of Blacksburg, Va and formerly of Marion, VIRGINIA died Sunday November 30 at Montgomery Regional Hospital from complications following Surgery.

She was born on August 28, 1932 in Marion, Va. to Martin Luther Greenwood and Ina Davis Phillippi Greenwood. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers William Marvin, Harold P,, and Martin Luther Greeenwood, Jr. A sister Thelma Louise Greenwood Scott and a sister-in-law Joyce Dickson Greenwood and a brother-in-law Samuel Dicky Scott.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, James F. Wilson, a son Thomas Greenwood Wilson, a daughter and son-in-law Diane Wilson Catley (Dennis), Granddaughter Jessica Ina Catley (Roanoke), Grandson Bryan Thomas Catley (Blacksburg). She is also survived by two nieces and two nephews.

Mrs Wilson graduated from Marion Senior High School, Marion College and received a Bachelor and Masters Degree from Radford University. She returned to Marion after graduation with her BS degree and taught for 36 years at Marion Senior High School where she served as classroom teacher, Guidance Counselor and Director of the Smyth County Alternative Program. She also taught one year at George Wythe High School in Wytheville, Va. In 1997 after retiring in Smyth County where she was recognized for her Outstanding Service to the Community, she and Mr. Wilson moved to Blacksburg, Va.

Professional Organizations to which she belonged included Charter Member Beta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, member of Rho Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, Smyth County Education Association, Virginia Education Association and National Education Association.

Her other main interest has been in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America where she was active on local, synodical and Church wide levels. Betty served as Chairperson of the Virginia Synodical Parish Life Committee and held many offices and chaired numerous committees in the Virginia Synod Women’s Organization. She attended several Women’s Triennial Conventions as delegate and visitor as well as two Church wide Assemblies as voting representative. On the local level, she has served on the Church Council, served as Lay Vice-chairperson, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Advisor, and sang in the choir. She is currently a member of Luther Memorial Church in Blacksburg and was a member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church (in Marion) for 65 years.

Betty has been active in a large number of local organizations. Among these were Volunteer at Lewis Gale Hospital in Montgomery County, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Food Pantry, and Literacy Volunteers of New River Valley. She served as Regent for the Allegheny Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was an active fan of VT sports. Mah Jongg was one of her favorite leisure activities as well as being with family and friends.

The family wishes to extend appreciation to Montgomery Regional Hospital and Heritage Hall Rehabilitation Center for their services during this recent time.

A Memorial Service celebrating Betty’s life will be held Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 600 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA. with The Rev. Bill King conducting the service. Visitation with the family will follow in the church Fellowship Hall after the service. All are invited to attend and share memories. Interment will follow in the church Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Roanoke College Scholarship Fund (Salem, VA. 24153) or to the Luther Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund (600 Prices Fork Rd. Blacksburg, Va. 24060

Condolences may be sent to mccoyfuneralhome.com.