First United Methodist Church
1401 Maple Dr
Griffin, GA 30224
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Betty LAIRD Obituary
LAIRD, Betty Grace Spinks Jan. 24, 1924 Sept. 15, 2017 Betty Grace Spinks Laird of Griffin, Georgia, died Friday, September 15, 2017, after along life of service to her Savior Jesus Christ. At the age of 93, she passed peacefully into the Lord's arms surrounded by her loving family at the home of her eldest daughter in the Orchard Hill community. Betty's parents, Joseph Milton Spinks and Grace Luverne McDaniel Spinks, of Birmingham, Alabama welcomed their only child into the world on January 24, 1924. Atlanta, Georgia eventually became the family's home. Betty Grace graduated from The North Avenue Presbyterian School (fondly called "NAPS) in 1942. After two years at Georgia Junior College in Atlanta, Betty Grace attended The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, graduatingin 1946 from the School of Education. After four years of teaching elementary school in Atlanta, Betty met and married the love of her life, Deane Farrar Laird, a native of London, Ohio. The couple were married on June 17, 1950 and Betty began her life as an Air Force wife, a homemaker, and a mother. After Deane's military service, the young Laird family settled in the Atlanta area where Deane joined his father-in-law in the management and eventual ownership of Spinks Scale Company. Deane and Betty Grace were faithful members of Capitol View Methodist Church in Atlanta. In the 1960s, as their five children grew and became involved in school activities, the Lairds moved to the College Park area. Betty loved these busy growing years, as she volunteered with Camp Fire Girls, and events at both College Park High and Arlington schools. She attended hundreds of basketball games, always supporting her children and their teams. Neighbors became life-long friends during these happy times. It was in the 1970s, that Deane and Betty opened their home to a weekly Bible Study for all students in the area high schools. The family circle widened as young people left for college and then brought their friends to the Laird home. Campus Crusade for Christ support grew the family in larger ways as work with international students and missionaries became an added area of outreach for Deane and Betty. The First United Methodist Church of Thomaston, Georgia became Betty and Deane's church home when the couple moved to a large property near Yatesville. This wonderful working ranch became known to many as The Farm. Betty hosted many friends and Bible study groups, as well as missionary groups for day trips and visits. The Lairds welcomed all who came, serving meals and leading prayers at long tables spread with food fresh from the garden. As the years went by, Betty continued her life of mission and, as always, was a wonderful helpmate to Deane. Eventually, their lives took them to another new home in Orchard Hill, located near Griffin, Georgia. This new home was built with the Lairds' desire to host missionaries for extended stays, providing a full basement with living quarters. This apartment was never empty of guests from all over the world. Betty also enjoyed hosting friends from Griffin First United Methodist and Bible study groups who came to study in the warm welcome of this new home. Of course, family visited. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cousins, and friends all came to stay, have a meal that Betty had prepared, and to play on the croquet lawn that Deane had created. On April 22, 2012, Deane Laird quietly went to be in the presence of the Lord. Betty continued to pray for so many dear friends, family members, and international students in mission. She wrote long letters and sent cards. As little visitors came, Betty continued to usher them to her bright sunroom, where a tea party was always set and waiting. She continued to attend Discipleship Studies at her church, even though her hearing was failing. Just as she had during her early years, Betty Grace continued to attest to the love of Christ in every way possible. Surviving family members include her children and their spouses: Jennifer and Steve Galloway, Joe and Stuart Laird, David and Wendy Laird, Becky and Danny Pitts, and Mary and Jim Esden; eighteen grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. On Sunday, November 26 at 2pm, there is to be a Celebration of Life Service for the life of Betty Grace Spinks Laird at The First United Methodist Church in Griffin, Georgia. It will be fitting to remember how Betty always held hands with her guests to have a goodbye prayer she would always suggest as she held out her hands, "Let's pray before you go." As we celebrate her life, we will rest in the assurance that she has already been welcomed Home. In lieu of flowers, the family request that you remember Betty with a contribution to a mission of your choosing.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 28, 2017
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