Betty H. Elmore COLUMBIA - Betty Elmore passed away Wednesday July 31, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. Her memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 3, 2013, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at the corner of Bull and Blanding Streets in Columbia. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Born December 28, 1924 in Forest City, N.C., she was the second daughter of the late S.V. and Julia Hooker. Her family moved to among several cities and towns in N.C. (Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Southern Pines and Charlotte). Her father was killed in a railroad crossing when she was in the third grade. They moved from Charlotte to Columbia. She attended Rosewood Elementary, Hand Junior High School and graduated from Dreher High School in 1942. After attending Winthrop University and Duke University, she moved back to Columbia. Betty graduated from the University of SC with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education. She also studied at New York University, Boston University, and Western Carolina. She was married in 1951 to Harris M. Elmore and moved to West Islip, Long Island, New York. She initially worked at Republic Aircraft in the design of the RF84F where she was the librarian of blue prints. She later taught in the public school system in West Islip. She had two sons, Kevin M. Elmore and Christopher H. Elmore. After Betty and Harris separated and divorced, she and her boys moved back to Columbia. She returned to teaching in the public school system at A.C. Moore, Watkins, Crayton and Hand Junior High School. She taught in Richland School District One's Gifted and Talented Program. She also served as a Middle School Consultant for District One before retiring after 32 years. After retirement, Betty served as a volunteer as a docent at the S.C. State Museum and at the James R. Crumley, Jr. Archives at the Lutheran Southern Seminary. Betty was a "reading addict" and her insatiable interest in learning took her on many adventures. She traveled to 40 of the 50 states in the United States and over 20 foreign countries on five continents. When her boys were pre-teens, Betty, her sister and the boys loaded up the station wagon with camping gear and spent the summer touring places of interest in the Western U.S. In Columbia, her church home was St. Paul's Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Weekday Church School. She was elected and served several terms on the Board of the Columbia Teacher's Federal Credit Union, now the Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union. She is survived by her son, Kevin M. Elmore; three grandchildren, Brian C. Elmore (Megan) of Lexington; Kristen E. Elmore of Colorado Springs, CO, Kaitlin Thompson (Nick) of Lexington; daughter-in-law, Maureen Elmore (wife of Chris); her sister, Edna Mae Hooker Betty. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Christopher Elmore and daughter-in-law, Jackie Elmore (wife of Kevin). The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of SC Oncology Associates, Tidewater Hospice and Betty Tinker who took such wonderful care of Mom for the past several years. The family would also like to especially extend a very heartfelt warm thank you to Cleavie Morris for taking such loving care of Mom for the last year and half. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull Street Columbia, SC 29201 or to the "Chris Elmore Philmont Scholarship" via the Friends of Scouting at the Boy Scouts of America, 715 Betsy Drive, Columbia, SC 29202. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
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Published in The State on Aug. 2, 2013