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Elizabeth "Betty" Bane Tate


Elizabeth “Betty” Bane Tate, age 93, passed away Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Betty graduated from Marion Senior High School in 1944 and Mary Washington College in 1947. She was a 5th generation member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church and a charter member of the Royal Oak Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoyed reading, knitting, “recipe cooking” and canning. Some of her grandchildren’s favorite dishes were her deviled eggs, chive sandwiches, garlic grits, and orange pudding. Betty enjoyed playing bridge with family and friends for many years.

Betty’s professional endeavors included two years as assistant band director in Warwick County, Virginia, where she met her future husband, and an enjoyable 12 years teaching 4th graders at Marion Intermediate School. In 1970 she became an associate with John Tate Realtors. Betty attained her broker’s license in 1975 and continued working for many years at John Tate Realtors, later Century 21 and now Royal Oak Realty. She was also an active member of the Southwest Virginia Association of Realtors, serving as secretary, treasurer, and vice president.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, John C. Tate; her parents, Janie Anderson Bane Hyland and William Bane; her grandparents, Cora Wolfe “Annie” and Robert Anderson, Lulu and William Bane; her stepmother, Peg Burke Bane, and stepfather, Chester Hyland.

Betty is survived by two daughters, Carol Tate Edmiston and husband, Charles, and Susan Tate; grandchildren Katie Huber, Ivan Huber and wife, Corey, Erin Huber Atkins, and husband, Lorin; and great grandchildren, Elin Atkins, Arie Atkins, and Cyrus Ramsey; half-brother, Tom Bane and wife, Karen; and half-sister, Judi Bane Segerdell.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 1p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at Rose Lawn Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Smyth County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1124 Marion, VA, 24354 or Smyth County Historical Museum Society, P.O. Box 710, Marion, VA, 24354.

To share memories of Elizabeth “Betty” Bane Tate, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Betty’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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Dorothy A. Culbert Jan 25 2022 9:50 AM

My deepest sympathy goes out to you. She went to school with my mom Phoebe Glenn Culbert and was my 4th grade teacher. She was awesome and a very sweet lady.

Dorothy A Culbert Jan 25 2022 9:49 AM

Carol, I am very sorry to hear the sad news about your mother. Condolences to you and your family.

Ann Clear Rose Nov 11 2021 12:00 AM

As Bettys half-brother (we had the same father), I have many good memories of her. One of the earliest of these is Betty and John Tates visits to visit my family in Welch, W. Va in the early 1950s. We played canasta for hours and caught up on the family news. In 1954 my family moved to California, and over the next 67 years, I saw Betty and her family only intermittently. When my wife, Karen, and I visited them in Marion, Betty and John treated us like royalty. We also got to enjoy Bettys legendary garlic grits. Betty and John made trips to California, and we had a great time with them. I particularly remember them taking us for a wonderful Italian Dinner in San Francisco. Betty was a very special person, who was intelligent, generous, and caring. I will miss our phone conversations. Karen and I send our deepest condolences to her family.

Tom Bane Nov 11 2021 12:00 AM

All my love to my dear sister. Thinking of our wonderful times together and your love and support. You will always be in my heart. Rest in peace. Your sister Judi

Judith Segerdell Nov 10 2021 12:00 AM

Mrs Tate was my favorite teacher throughout school . Always a smile and a kind word to me and my family . I know she will be missed . Prayers for all . Bill Wagner

Bill Wagner Nov 10 2021 12:00 AM

Carol and Susan, I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Tate. She was my 4th grade teacher. I have wonderful memories of her, she was one of my favorites !! I will keep you and family in my daily prayers. Emmett Peake Radford VA MSHS 68

Emmett Peake Nov 9 2021 12:00 AM

Carol and Susan please eccept my symphathty

Phil hopkins Nov 9 2021 12:00 AM

Tate family, sorry for the loss of Betty. I knew your Mom and Dad thru the realty company and loved them both. We worked with John on a daily basis in the Treasurer"s office and enjoyed them both so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Wanda Owens Nov 9 2021 12:00 AM

Prayers for the Tate family and friends. Mrs. Tate was my favorite teacher (4th grade)!! She introduced us all to life, loving to live life through learning. And she introduced me to John Steinbeck in reading The Pearl. She was a great blessing in my life, and Ill not forget her.

Susan White Nov 9 2021 12:00 AM

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