Originally created 03/12/06

Mrs. Martha O. Betts (MARTINEZ, Ga.)



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MARTINEZ, Ga. - Martha Overstreet Betts, 66, beloved wife of Dr. Eugene K. Betts of 583 Bay Hill, passed into glory on Monday, March 6, 2006, at her home. She had been ill with a lymphoma for about 6 months before being called home to be with her Savior. Throughout her illness her faith remained strong as she longed to go be with Jesus. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, PCA, 642 Telfair St., Augusta, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2006, with Dr. Paul Fowler and Rev. Carroll Wynne leading the service. A native of Bedford, Va., Martha was born on April 25, 1939, to the late Edmond Austin 'Buster' Overstreet, Jr., and the late Louise Watson Overstreet, attended elementary school in Bedford and graduated from EC Glass High School, Lynchburg, Va., in 1957. She graduated from the Lynchburg General Hospital School of Nursing in 1960 and then worked in the labor and delivery room at Watts Hospital, Durham, N.C., as an obstetrics nurse. Following graduation from the N.C. Baptist Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses, Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1967, she joined the faculty of the school and taught there until 1973 when she retired to rear her four children and care for her husband. Martha loved the Lord and served Him well as an active member of First Presbyterian Church and previously at Tenth Presbyterian Church, PCA, Philadelphia, Pa. She loved the Word and had a heart for missions as evidenced by her leading and participating in Bible studies as well as hosting many missionaries in her home. She loved to read, work crossword puzzles, cook and bowl (she won numerous league awards). Martha was also devoted to her two cats, Cassidy and Blackie. Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Dr. Eugene Kohler Betts; three sons, Donald Reeve Betts, Atlanta, Dr. Douglas Eugene Betts, Durham, N.C., and Daniel Kohler Betts, Bangkok, Thailand; a daughter, Anne Betts Tartikoff, Philadelphia, Pa.; a 6 week old grandson, Blaine Reeve Tartikoff, Philadelphia, Pa.; and her brother, Edmond Austin Overstreet III, Bedford, Va. She was adored by her family and friends and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Missions Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 642 Telfair St., Augusta, GA 30901; or Tenth Presbyterian Church, 1701 Delancey St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-6714. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle March 12, 2006