Elizabeth Ray “Betty” Williamson, age 86, of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 24, 2017.
She was born in Athens, Georgia on June 24, 1930 to the late Sylvester Gibson Ray and Lillie Mae Ray. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Benjamin C. Williamson, Jr. Betty is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Linda Williamson of Grayson, daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Mike Gasaway of Monroe, and daughter, Gail Williamson of Monroe; grandchildren: Kenny (Ashley) Christie of Lawrenceville, Michael (Lacy) Christie of Columbia, SC, Rae Elizabeth Hepner of Lexington, SC, James (Rachel) Gasaway of Augusta, and Williamson Gasaway of Athens; great-grandchildren: Trevor, Jack, Payton, Aly, Sadie, Marleigh, Bailey, Ellie and Reesa, and three spoiled fur babies – Biscuit, Bouncer and Leo; numerous cherished nieces and nephews.
Betty graduated from Athens High School in 1945 and began a career at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. While at Metropolitan, she met agent Ben Williamson, whom she married in 1953. After taking time out to raise a family, she went to work for the University of Georgia Extension Services. Beginning in June of 1967 until her retirement in October of 1995, Betty served as Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of the Walton County Board of Education. To express their gratitude and appreciation for her dedication to the citizens, and especially the youth, the Office of Mayor, the City Council and the People of Monroe, Georgia, proclaimed October 26, 1995 as Betty Williamson Day. After retirement, Betty worked part-time for the Monroe-Walton County Library. She enjoyed reading, gardening, watching UGA football, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends. Betty was a member of Walker Baptist Church in Monroe and enjoyed the fellowship of the Ladies II Sunday School Class.
Funeral services will be held on Monday March 27th at 11:00 A.M. at the Chapel of Meadows Funeral Home with the Rev. Sam Prince and the Rev. Chris Conner officiating. Interment will follow at Westlawn Cemetery. Those desiring can make contributions to the following: Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or Affinis Hospice, Community Health Foundation, 1005 Boulder Drive, Gray, GA 30132, In Memory of Betty Williamson.