Betty C. Coles, 82, of Bowling Green, Ky., died at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Hospice House of Southern Kentucky.
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Daughter of the late Ralph Carroll and Mary Elizabeth Dunbar Chelf, she was born May 5, 1931, in Campbellsville.
She was a 1948 graduate of Campbellsville High School and attended Western Kentucky State College, where she met her husband, James Rutheford Coles. They married Aug. 14, 1953, in Campbellsville.
Betty graduated from Western Kentucky State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1953. She also completed a Master of Arts degree at Western Kentucky University in 1970. Betty worked as a home economics teacher at Allen County High School and then Bowling Green High School for many years. She is still held dear by many of her students.
Betty attended Twelfth Street Church of Christ and was a member of Bowling Green Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Coles.
Survivors include a brother, William Chelf of Bowling Green; two daughters, Jane Pearl Norris (Nigel) of Broadwell, England, and Marybeth Salmon (Dan) of Martinsville, Ind.
She was a wonderful "Granny" to six grandchildren, Rachel Pearl, Rebecca Robinson (Joseph), Zachary Pearl (Amanda), Sarah Beth Salmon, Allison Salmon and Melanie Head (Rufus). She was also "Gammy" to three great-grandchildren, Owen and Dax Robinson and Zane Pearl.
In addition, she is survived by her childhood friend, Martha Sue Boyd, and daughters in the heart, Gwen Warren and Jill Weaver. She will be missed by many cousins and close friends.
Funeral was Saturday, April 5, at J.C. Kirby and Son, Lovers Lane Chapel in Bowling Green. Weston Williams officiated.
Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.
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J.C. Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel in Bowling Green was in charge of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy can be made with flowers or donations to Hospice of Southern Kentucky, 5872 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42104.
J.C. Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel
820 Lovers Lane Bowling Green, KY 42103
Published in Central Kentucky News-Journal on Apr. 4, 2014