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Elizabeth Rogerson "Betty" Scott


Elizabeth Rogerson “Betty” Scott, 90, died peacefully, Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, North Carolina.

She was born on March 23, 1931 in Petersburg, Virginia to Waverly Wilkins Rogerson and Rosa Kevan Rogerson. Betty spent her early childhood in Evanston, Illinois. Due to the untimely death of her father, she moved with her mother and sisters to Marion, Virginia where she graduated from Marion High School. At age 16 she began her studies at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City. Deciding it was important to add academics to her theater arts, Betty chose to attend Mary Baldwin College. While at Mary Baldwin, she was offered the opportunity to tour with Barter Theatre based in Abingdon, Virginia. The group toured the country, and Betty played various leading roles such as Emily in Our Town by Thornton Wilder. When the tour ended she attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she continued in performing arts and joined the University’s theater group.

As much as Betty loved the stage, a new love brought her back to Marion. She married local businessman and WWII veteran James S. Scott on June 25, 1952. She settled happily into her new role as wife, mother and homemaker. Her artistic nature continued to find expression, this time in the visual arts. Her creations included oil paintings and artistic pieces that used unexpected materials. She was able to transform everyday objects into works of art. Betty enjoyed singing, gardening, reading and playing bridge with friends. She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church where she taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir. She loved music and you never knew when she might “break out in song”.

Betty found her niche in radio. She produced, directed  and hosted The Betty Lee Show each weekday morning. She researched and selected music, poignant and meaningful vignettes, recipes, and DIY projects of interest to her listeners.

In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by her sisters, Rosa R. Lemmon and Waverly R. Moss; and brother-in-law Willard “Bill” Lemmon.

Betty is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sarah S. Owens and Bill E. Owens of Kings Mountain NC; son and daughter-in-law, James S. Scott, Jr. and Lynette J. Scott of Columbia, SC; four grandchildren, Emily E. Hargrove and husband Cameron M. Hargrove of Clayton, NC, Anna E. Scott and fiancé Christopher Ridgley of Dallas, Texas, Kristina D. Scott of Virginia Beach, VA and Elizabeth L. Scott of Columbia, SC; and two great grandchildren, Owen and Elizabeth Hargrove.

Heartfelt appreciation goes to the staff of The Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, NC for their capable and empathetic care of Betty and her family during this difficult time.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 409 West Main Street, Marion, VA. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery, 4410 Lee Highway, Marion VA. The family will receive friends Tuesday, from 10:30 until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Christ Episcopal Church, c/o Treasurer, PO Box 189, Marion, VA 24354 or HOSPICE Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.

To share memories of Elizabeth Rogerson “Betty” Scott, 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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When my dad died in 2008, the day after he died, my sisters and my mother and I were walking around Wassona Circle. We ran across Betty at her mailbox. She took one look at my mother and gave her the biggest hug and told her she would be ok, that the first night alone was the hardest but mother would survive and be ok. It was such a kind gesture on Betty's part and it made my mother feel so much better. Betty was a kind and gracious person with a wonderful personality and so funny! She was so much fun to be around! My condolences to the entire family

Lee Graybeal Jul 31 2021 12:00 AM

I, too, am Elizabeth Scott, and I, too, married James Scott, and our birthdays were both March 23. Such was our newly found connection as we visited and cared for our mothers who were next-door neighbors at Francis Marion Manor. Betty, as she was known by most everyone, was such a beautiful lady inside and out, so outstandingly intelligent, and certainly had that unselfish attribute in caring for others. We used to exchange birthday cards and sometimes Christmas cards, but time takes its toll with friendships fading. My sincere sympathy for your loss of this great lady. Elizabeth Annette Scott

Annette M. Scott Jul 28 2021 12:00 AM

I was very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. She was a lovely lady, dear friend & a second mom to me growing up in Marion in the 70s.

Daryl J. Henry, Jr. Jul 25 2021 12:00 AM

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