Published 12:00 am Friday, July 16, 2010
A memorial of remembrance for Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Hodges, 74, of Flowery Branch, Ga., will be held on July 24 at 1 p.m. at the home of Bonnie and Tom Dougherty, 2412 Bohler Road, N.W., in Atlanta, Ga.
Born June 2, 1923, in Bainbridge, Ms. Hodges died on July 6, 2010, at her home on Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch, Ga., after a long battle with cancer.
Ms. Hodges was the daughter of Lillian Caldwell Hodges and William Lancelot “Dance” Hodges. Several years later, the family moved to Tampa, Fla. Graduating from Tampa’s Plant High School in 1955, Ms. Hodges enrolled at Florida State University in Tallahassee where she joined Alpha Chi Omega sorority, toured as a trapeze artist with FSU’s all-student “Flying High Circus,” performing proudly at the winter quarters of Ringling Brothers in Sarasota, accepted honorary membership in the F Club, a university athletic excellence award, and became an ardent and lifelong Seminoles fan.
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She graduated in 1959 with a bachelor’s, and went on to receive a master’s in education from the University of Alabama. In Atlanta, she taught in elementary schools in the Dekalb County School System for 32 years. After retiring, she moved to Lake Lanier, where she enjoyed caring for her pets, fishing, gardening and getting together with the friends she had made in the small lakeside community of Paradise Point. Ms. Hodges was a gentle soul who loved children and animals. She will be especially missed by her partner, Dot Hartsfield, with whom she established two corporations: Transpet Inc. (d/b/a Critter Sitters), and Seawatch Beach Properties, LLP.
Other survivors include her cousins, Mayo and Carolyn Livingston of Bainbridge, Merle and Edward Sparkman of Charleston, S.C., along with several nieces and their children. She is also fondly remembered by her godchildren Reid Hartsfield IV, and Wrece Hartsfield-Mazur, their spouses and children, to whom she was affectionately known as “Aunt B.”
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The American Cancer Society or the U.S. Humane Society in memory of Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Hodges.
Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.