Lewisburg-Betsy Rawlins Myers, 62, passed away at her home in the early morning of Friday, June 16, 2017. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in the fall of 2015.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, youngest sister Melinda and her niece Molly.
She is survived by her siblings, Ellen Taylor, Francy Smith, Kathryn Dart and John Rawlins, Jr.
Betsy was born in Charleston, WV, on Apr. 26, 1955, as one of six children of John and Shirley Rawlins.
She spent her youth in the South Charleston area and subsequently attended Marshall University (“Go Herd!”) where she majored in Speech Pathology. She then obtained her Masters Degree of Education of the Hearing Impaired at the University of Cincinnati and relocated to Greenbrier County where she taught in the public school system for over 30 years.
In the fall of 1984, Betsy met Jeffrey Myers and they were married at St. James Episcopal Church the following June. They soon had three children: Russell, Clara and Olivia. Over the years Betsy became an indispensible member of the Lewisburg community. She loved nothing more than attending live performances at Carnegie Hall, The Lewis Theatre and Greenbrier Valley Theatre – and actually performed in plays for many years! Betsy was also an active member of St. James Episcopal Church and the Master Gardeners Club. She made almost daily trips to the Greenbrier River Trail and cherished the culture and natural beauty of West Virginia. Above all, Betsy loved the Earth and encouraged the protection and conservation of its precious resources. She would ask all not to spoil God’s beautiful Earth with litter!
Betsy’s reverence for family and faith were unparalleled. She devoted everything to her children, ensuring that they would become as equally kind, compassionate and sincere as she was. Her generous spirit and unwavering morals made her a shining example of what it is to be a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She lived by the mantra “Carpe Diem” and encouraged those close to her in the pursuit of happiness. Unique in every way, simply to know her was a promise of adventure.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Lewisburg on Saturday, June 24. In lieu of flowers, Betsy wished any donations be made to St. James Episcopal Church, Carnegie Hall, Greenbrier Valley Theatre or the Lewis Theatre.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements. Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.