Annetta Eulalia Valliant “Neta Lou” Betton (“Neta Lou” to her Eastern Shore friends and “Lou” to her Millsboro friends) passed away at age 90, on Sunday, March 17, 2019, surrounded by an adoring family who loved her very much. She was born in Easton, Md., on Aug. 17, 1928, and grew up in the Bellevue, Oxford and St. Michaels, Md., area, graduating from St. Michaels High School.
Betton earned a degree in elementary education at the University of Maryland, where she met George Gilbert Betton, her husband of 53 years, until his passing in 2001 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was a teacher in the Millsboro, Del., area for many, many years, and loved that later in life, many people who would stop and say, “Aren’t you Mrs. Betton? You were my first-grade teacher!” She was one of the longest standing members of Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro and loved her church family.
Betton truly enjoyed her monthly outings with the RATS, the retired teachers group; getting together with her bridge club, some of whom she had been playing with for 50 years; and knitting Christmas stockings for well over 100 Millsboro families. She loved boating and even enjoyed Jet Skiing well into her late 70s. It was well-known that her passion was raising awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association, having received many awards and accolades at the state level.
She is survived by her many friends and her family: three children, Kathy Betton Ellis and her husband, Rick Ellis, Gail Betton Kelso, and George G. Betton Jr. and his wife, Valarie; her grandchildren, Brittany Kelso Perry and her husband, Tykee, Josh Kelso and his wife, Margaret, Courtney Betton Mayer and her husband, Ryan, and Linley Betton Booth and her husband, Spencer; 10 great-grandchildren, Trinity Kelso, Kamdyn Shockley, Cohen Perry, Maysen Kelso, Asher Kelso, Chase Mayer, Cobe Mayer, Pippa Booth, Rory Booth and Margot Booth; and her longtime companion, Jim Powell.
Visitation will be at noon, with services at 1 p.m., on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del. Committal will be at the Millsboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to Alzheimer’s Association; 108 N. Bedford St.; Georgetown, DE 19947.