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Betty Jane Rentz

Betty Jane Rentz, 84, of Lake Seminole, Ga., passed away Monday, June 29, 2020.

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, a private funeral service will be held Friday at Ivey Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Ford officiating.

Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Georgia, 117 South Donalson Street, Bainbridge, Ga. 39817.

Betty Jane Phillips was born February 11, 1936 in Newton, Ga., the daughter of Grady and Lizzie Pearl Musgrove Phillips. She married Talmadge Adam “Sonny” Rentz in 1953 and they made their home in southwest Georgia. She earned a master’s degree in nursing and served as a professor of nursing at Bainbridge College. Betty was a member at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

“Miss” Betty lived “the lighter side of life”. She enjoyed being outdoors and fishing. (Don’t mess with HER fish on the bed around the dock.) Facebook and video games occupied her “non-outdoor” time. She loved to cook, especially those new recipes she ran across on social media and desserts. Family meant the world to “Miss” Betty. For a person who knew almost everyone and treated them like family, this meant quite a lot of love. She was the person who loved BIG and forever. With “Miss” Betty there were no secrets unless, of course, you told her she couldn’t tell a soul.

Survivors include her children, Rhonda & Donnie Murphy of Bainbridge, Phillip & Anna Rentz of Leesburg, Ga., Lisa & Wayne Merritt of Canton, NC, and Tommy Edmonds of Donalsonville, Ga.; her siblings, Lawrence Phillips of Jonesboro, Ga. and Rebecca Chason of Climax, Ga.; her grandchildren, Lee & Stephanie, Adam & Amanda, Lucas, Ryan & Taylor, Briana & Matt, and Erik & Alexis; and great-grandchildren, Austin, Topanga, Adda Lynn, Zoey, Riggs, Jasemine, Caleb, Jaxon, Watson, Erika, Ridge, Griffin, Merritt, and Layla. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Talmadge “Sonny” Rentz; her sister, Nora Hunsberger; and her granddaughter, Courtney Singletary.