Betty Hisle (1930 - 2015)

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    - Jennifer Leigh Crawford
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Betty Jean Cundiff Hisle (born Feb. 4, 1930) of Lexington departed this life on Feb. 8, 2015, with her husband, Wendell Leon Hisle, at her side. Born to William Ralph and Doll E. Wilkerson Cundiff in Liberty, she graduated from the Ward-Belmont School in Nashville, Tenn., and attended Centre College in Danville, where she met her husband of 65 years. Betty Jean later graduated with a bachelor's degree from Berea College in Berea, and earned a master's degree in English from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. In addition to raising four children, she taught at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Union College in Barbourville, Bell County High School, St. Francis School in Louisville, and founded the Tabuk International School in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. Betty Jean had a spirited personality and nary a shy bone in her body. She could engage a stranger in conversation and win over a new friend in minutes. Nicknamed "Bubbles" in her youth, she was an enthusiastic person, always curious about whatever she focused on. She loved to entertain and her parties were legend. The twinkle in her eye, her bright smile and contagious good humor made all feel welcome. A life-long educator, Betty Jean was a voracious reader who loved to share a good book, news article and New Yorker cartoon. She was a tremendous supporter of the arts and culture. She served as a docent at the Huntington (W.V.) Museum of Art, the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Horse Park. She was a member of the Women's Club of Central Kentucky and the Lexington Opera Bravo Club. Betty Jean was also a superb Bridge player and cook. Her cream pies were perfection. One could not have picked a better, if unofficial, ambassador for Kentucky abroad. She loved to travel, having toured sites throughout Europe and the Middle East, and as varied as Hong Kong and the Galapagos Islands. She personally led tours to major U.S. cities and Europe for friends and many of her beloved students. For two years, Betty Jean and Leon lived in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, and spent many winters in Ocala, Fla. Everywhere she called home, Betty Jean always had friends, because her thoughtfulness, sharp wit, and warm laugh were unrivaled. Betty Jean's life was filled with love. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. In addition to her loving husband, Leon, she is survived by her children, W. Lee (and Julie) Hisle of Mystic, CT; Candace Jean (and David) Hopperton of Louisville; Karen Jo (and Charles) Cocke of Newport News, Va.; and Kim Cundiff (and Bill) Deaton of Ocala, Fla., as well as nine grandchildren, Keri Scholz, Jack Hisle, Casey (and Jennifer Ibrahim) Swindler, Josie (and Adam) Raymond, Cassandra Schueler, Courtney Cocke, Charlie Cocke, Virginia (and CJ) Ryan, and Sylvia Deaton; and five great grandchildren, Emily Fallon, Grady Scholz, Michael Scholz, Maya Swindler, and Pippy Raymond. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Jo Cundiff Crawford, of N. Redington Beach, Fla.; and three nieces. She was predeceased by her granddaughter Emily Jean Hisle. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be private. Memorials may be made to Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404, or First Christian Church, 323 Middleburg Street, Liberty, KY 42539.
Published in The Casey County News on Feb. 18, 2015