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First Presbeterian Church
Sunday October 10th, 2021
1:30pm - 3:00pm

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First Presbeterian Church
Sunday October 10th, 2021
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Betty Jo Painter

Betty J. Painter, 86, passed away Sunday, October 3, 2021. Mrs. Painter was a kind and passionate woman who loved her family and friends dearly. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Eldridge Painter.

Mrs. Painter attended the First Presbyterian Church of Sylva where she had been a member since 1949. She retired from Wachovia Bank, having served as Vice-President and Branch Manager in Cullowhee, NC. She was a former member of the American Cancer Society and served as the unit President when established in 1972. She was also a board member of the United Way. 

Mrs. Painter is survived by her daughter, Debbie Woods and husband Barry; two grandchildren, Amanda Murajda and husband William and Nathan Woods; and one great granddaughter, Whitney Murajda.

A Funeral Service will be held Sunday October 10, 2021, at 3:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Sylva. The family will receive friends from 1:30 - 3:00 pm prior to the service at the Church. Burial will be at Keener Cemetery.

Memorials in her memory may be made to: Black Mountain Home for Children, 80 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711

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I will never forget Betty's kindness and helpfulness to me when I was a confused 18-year-old. Over the years, we remained friends, and I enjoyed seeing her on a regular basis at First Presbyterian and oft times at the tag agency. We always took time to talk. My thoughts are with her family and other friends. Toni

Toni Knott Oct 9 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Betty Painter

Toni Knott Oct 9 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Deb, I was so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was always so welcoming to me when you and I were teenagers, constantly in and out of one another's houses. The last time I saw her at the tag office, she came around from behind the counter to chat with me with that cute, warm grin that felt reserved just for me! She always had that way about her. Prayers for you, Barry, Amanda and all your family to find peace in great memories. Always remembering lovely times with your mom and dad, Katie Hoyle

Katie Hoyle Oct 8 2021 12:00 AM

Blessed to have known Betty and Eldridge. My sincere condolences.

Henry Dowling Oct 8 2021 12:00 AM

Debbie and family - I am saddened to hear about Betty's passing. I always enjoyed seeing and talking to her and she will be missed by everyone who knew her. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Betty Crawford

Betty Crawford Oct 5 2021 12:00 AM

Condolences to the family.

Ron Pressley Oct 5 2021 12:00 AM

Dear family, I worked with Betty @ Wachovia at the beginning of my banking career. What a beautiful, caring lady. Loved her laugh, always so willing to help. Uplifted prayers for the family and May you rejoice in the memories you have of this dear lady. God bless. Karen Knowlton

Karen Knowlton Oct 4 2021 12:00 AM

Debbie and family - I'm so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers.

Shelly Busa (Sorrell) Oct 4 2021 12:00 AM

Debbie, Barry and family. We are so sorry to hear about Betty. Always a special lady and friend. We love you all and are remembering you in our thoughts and prayers.

Thad & Lee Woods Oct 4 2021 12:00 AM

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Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM