WEST, BETTYE ELAINE
Gainesville - Bettye Elaine Autrey West, 85 of Gainesville, Florida passed away on February 2, 2013. She was born in Lakeland, Florida on October 12, 1927 to Albert and Annie Autrey.
After graduating from Lakeland High School she became the first blind woman to attend a state university when she came to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. During her time at UF she met and married Peter West and they had two children; Scott and Gretchen.
Bettye was a long standing member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and she was a volunteer with many organizations and schools throughout her lifetime in Gainesville.
Bettye was preceded in death by her husband Peter and her siblings Lucille, Jack, Frank, and Mary Autrey. She is survived by her children Scott West and Gretchen West-Blair, her grandchildren Alec Blair, Gregory West, Devon Blair and Riley Blair and her siblings Ben Autrey and Barbara Autrey-Snyder.
Services will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday, February 10th 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
The services are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 376-5361.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2013