Betty Lou Baker Prior

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Mrs. Betty Lou Baker Prior
AIKEN, SC - After eighty eight years of a long and rewarding life, Mrs. Betty Lou Baker Prior passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
She resided in Aiken, South Carolina where she shared a beautiful life with her husband, Dr. William Franklin Prior, Jr. (deceased) for 64 years and raised their five children, Linda Hunley (Sam) of Aiken; Judy Plott (David) of Annapolis, MD; Bill Prior (Claire) of Richmond, VA; Bruce Prior of Aiken; and Betty Newville (deceased) (Ed) of Placitas, NM; ten grandchildren, Josh Skeen (Jennie), Betty Gorinson (Hunter), Matt Hunley (Shuo), Michael Hunley, Cara Plott, Corey Boyer (Dawson), Ford Prior (Brigid), Morgan Prior, Jessie Newville, and Christine Newville; and five great grandchildren, Amelia and Billy Boyer, Thaddeus Prior, Ingrid Gorinson, and Emma Hunley.
Betty Lou Baker Prior was born on September 13, 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of Dr. Woolford Bales Baker and Bernice Hall Baker. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Biology and Psychology from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia where she was managing editor of the college newspaper and a member of Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society. Following graduation and before marriage, she worked in the marketing department of McMillan Publishing Company in Atlanta.
Betty was adored by her family and friends for her kindness, her vibrant, fun loving spirit, and her keen intellect. She was treasured as a mother and friend who had a gift for listening and a heart always ready to comfort and bring joy to those around her. She delighted everyone with her spontaneity and talent for expressive storytelling. Her love for her family led to many happy beach reunions known as "Prior Family Lovefests." She had a deep appreciation for nature, the arts, and for education. She believed that life was something to celebrate. Her wonderful spirit and grace inspired all who knew her and will continue to live in those who loved her.
A private celebration of her life will be held in the future. Her final resting place will be beside her beloved husband in Arlington National Cemetery. Her family asks that gifts in her name be made to The ALS Association in honor of her daughter, Dr. Betty Lou Newville. www.alsa.org.
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Apr. 1, 2017