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Elizabeth (Betty) Martin Foreman, 84, Greenville, died peacefully in her home at Cypress Glen Retirement Community on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2014.
Her celebration of life will be held at Cypress Glen in the Brown Memorial Chapel at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The internment of her ashes will be held at Old Hollywood Cemetery in Elizabeth City at a later date.
She was a native of Elizabeth City, N.C., and was preceded in death by her parents, Annie Wood and William Blades Foreman, and a brother John Wood Foreman and wife Edla.
She is survived by three nieces, Edla Foreman Stevens and husband William of Elizabeth City, N.C.; Sophie Foreman Jordan and husband Danny of Aydlett, N.C.; Nancy Foreman Silver and husband Winston of Wanchese, N.C.; one nephew John Wood Foreman Jr. and wife Beth of Elizabeth City, N.C.; five grand nieces, five grand nephews, one great-grand nephew, and one great-grand niece.
After graduating from St. Mary's Junior College, Betty pursued a career in nursing obtaining a diploma from the University Of Virginia in 1952.
She furthered her education earning a B.S. in nursing from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts in 1954 and a master's of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966.
During her career she was a staff nurse at Boston Children's Hospital, Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, and Montreal General Hospital. She was also an instructor of Medical-Surgical Nursing at Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington, Vt., and at the University of Vermont. In 1978, she earned a B.S. in plant and soil science from the University of Vermont and became a certified horticultural therapist. She served as the Volunteer Coordinator for Chittenden Volunteer Hospice, Inc. for five years.
After retiring, Betty migrated south to Chapel Hill and eventually Greenville, N.C., where she was one of the first "cottagers" to join Cypress Glen in 1996. She was instrumental in many of the landscaping projects there.
She became a member of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. In addition to her love of and dedication to her numerous canine companions, she had a passion for traveling and gardening.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Cypress Glen Benevolence Fund, 100 Hickory Street, Greenville, N.C. 27858 or a hospice organization of your choice.
Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory, Greenville. Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com
Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
2100 East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
Published in The Daily Advance on Aug. 12, 2014