Family and Friends of Betsy,
We continue to give thanks for Betsy's life. For a couple of years, my husband Dave and I had been planning to move to Bethany Village, as Jack and Betsy had done. We had been shown a model unit late in 2013. As we left there, we waved to Jack and Betsy, who were just pulling out of their nearby driveway. Several months after Betsy's death, when we were evaluating the various floor plans, we were shown the home that had belonged to Jack and Betsy. They had invested a lot of tender, loving care in it (and, as Jack would observe, hard cash as well) and had made positive additions that were very appealing. We wish that they had had a much longer time to enjoy those investments. But in making those investments, Jack and Betsy contributed to a community beyond themselves, as they did at many other points in life.
Last September, Dave and I moved into the home on Palmetto Court that had belonged to Betsy and Jack. It feels like sacred space. Betsy was my spiritual director for a few years in the 1990s, and Dave and I both served on Cursillo teams with her. I appreciated sharing those times with her. Because of my husband's changing ministry opportunities, our focus moved to Cincinnati for several years, and we lost touch with many Dayton area friends at that point. But Betsy's poem "Waiting and Praying" is near my laptop, and her photo (with me and author Madeleine L'Engle at a Kanuga retreat) is on our refrigerator.
I know that legions of people have known and loved Betsy. Please know that this home is a place where her love and legacy lives on. I'll never match her hospitable presence, but it remains my goal!