BURLINGTON - Betty Cox Nester, proud mother of five, grandmother of seven and the local proprietor of The Sock Store at Alamance Crossing, passed away peacefully at Hospice Palliative Care Center in Burlington, N.C. at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. She was 67.
Betty's family was the true joy of her life. A native of Claudville, Va., she grew up on a quiet farm as the daughter of Walter Robert Cox and Nellie Beasley Cox, both deceased.
She is survived by her former husband, Dallas Grey Nester, with whom she was the mother of five boys, Dallas Keith (Lara) Nester, Kerry (Jennifer) Grey Nester, Kelly (Nicole) Scott Nester, Jason Kent Nester and Jarrett (Susan) Matthew Nester. She was most proud of her seven grandchildren, Katherine Beasley Nester, Jacob Alexander Nester, Hiatt Grey Nester, Cooper James Nester, Samuel Graves Nester, Stella Blue Nester and Sebastian Scott Nester. She was preceded in death by her brother, John Dewry Cox, and is survived by her brothers, Robert Samuel Cox, Kenneth Howard Cox, Ralph James Cox; and sister, Mary Cox Osborne.
In 1979, with her family, Betty moved to Burlington from Mt. Airy, N.C. and became an active member of the Burlington community. In 1990, at the age of 43, Betty decided to go back to school at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. There, in 1993, she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. Betty was an avid writer and a prolific journalist
, leaving behind a wealth of stories for her children and grandchildren to enjoy. In 2012 she had a feature in Our State magazine, describing her Uncle John Beasley's donation of his Pilot Mountain property to the state of North Carolina and her personal experience of family reunions there throughout the years.
Betty lived for 34 years in Burlington, N.C. Her partner of 17 years, Emery Elijah Raper II of Lexington, N.C., preceded her in death in 2006. She is survived by her partner William Alexander Thompson Jr., with whom she has shared her home for the past five years.
Betty's funeral service will take place at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 320 East Davis Street, Burlington, N.C. 27215, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. A reception will follow in the Holy Comforter's Great Hall.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice Palliative Care Center, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com