Mrs. Sally Galloway Bethea, 89, widow of the late Willis Dabbs Bethea, Sr., passed away Sept. 15, 2013 in Columbia.
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She was born Nov. 11, 1923 in Mallory, the daughter of the late James Alpheus Galloway and Mary Ella Proctor Galloway.
She attended American University in Washington, D.C. and worked for the Bureau of Aeronautics in New York City.
She married Willis D. Bethea Sr. on June 21, 1952 and raised five children. Mrs. Bethea was an active member of First United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, Women's Circle member and held various church offices. She was a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout leader and an active school volunteer. She was a charter member of the Green Gardeners Club, the Study Club, the Book Club and several other community programs. She also enjoyed years of gardening, arranging flowers, judging flower shows and achieved various awards and merits for her horticultural and artistic talent. She started a successful flower and cake business, which she enjoyed for a number of years.
She lived with a fullness of meaning and accomplishment that is not always a common thing to see. Caring was a part of her. Growing was a part of her. She was satisfied only with the best of herself and then only for a fleeting moment. She believed that in reaching out her hand and constantly stretching beyond her limits for the best in herself, that she would touch the hand of eternity.
Mrs. Bethea is survived by a son, Willis Bethea Jr. and his wife, Tangie, of Columbia; four daughters, Laine B. Wiedemann and her husband, Edward, of Greenwood, Liz B. Fuller and her husband, Dave, of Columbia, Mandy B. Keaveny of Charleston and Lisa B. Pettit and her husband, Bryan, of Lancaster; a sister, Mary G. Mitchell of Beaufort; and 10 grandchildren, Will and Tanner Bethea, John and Michael Wiedemann, Emily Wiedemann Ensor, Ross Fuller, Thomas, Sarah Grace and Maglin Keaveny and Jory Pettit.
Mrs. Bethea was preceded in death by her husband, a sister, Ella G. Coffey, two brothers, William Galloway and James Galloway, and a granddaughter, Mary Olivia Pettit.
A celebration of life memorial service for Mrs. Bethea is 11 a.m. today, Sept. 18, 2013 at First United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Charles Phillips with a private burial at a later date.
The family will receive friends following the church service in the fellowship hall and later at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 608, Lancaster, SC 29721.
An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at www.burgessfunerals.com.
Burgess Funeral Home & Crematory of Lancaster is caring for the family of Mrs. Bethea.
Burgess Funeral Home & Crematory
1800 Charlotte Highway Lancaster, SC 29720
Published in The Lancaster News on Sept. 18, 2013