Betty Rhea Wilder

Betty Rhea Wilder

January 26, 2014

Betty Rhea Wilder, 84, of Fort Myers, passed away January 26, 2014.

Betty graduated from Grove High School, Paris, TN at the age of 16. She continued her education earning a BA in Economics, Statistics, English, and Math from Vanderbilt University. She later received an MS in Human Services from Murray State University.

Betty enjoyed many activities in life with a small sample including: Gaining her pilots license at the age of 17, being appointed Judge in City Police Court, part owner and manager of a frame shop, assisting in the transitioning of a Federal Credit Union from infancy to maturity, counseling the rehabilitation of problem drug and alcohol abusers and the hardest, but most rewarding, raising 2 sons.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. William Gardner And Marian Green Rhea. She will be greatly missed by her sons, Bill (Debbie) Wilder and Bob Wilder, all of Fort Myers and her brothers, Dr. Gardner (Joan) Rhea of Newland, NC and Dr. Jim Rhea from Boston, MA

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Tennessee. Memorial contributions are appreciated and may be sent to: The V Foundation for Cancer Research at or 1-800-454-6698.

Published in The News-Press on Feb. 2, 2014