Betty-Wilson-Obituary

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Betty Wilson

MEMPHIS, Tennessee

1942 - 2019

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E. H. Ford Mortuary - MEMPHIS Obituary

Betty Jean Johnson Wilson


Memphis, Tennessee




Betty Jean Johnson Wilson, 77, of Memphis, Tennessee, peacefully departed this life on Friday, August 23, 2019. She was born January 3, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee to the late James Johnson and Florene Bohannon Donelson.


After graduating from Melrose High School class of 1959, she attended Owen College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Lemoyne-Owen College. She retired from the West Memphis (Arkansas) City Schools District and Memphis City Schools District after 41 years of service as an educator.



Betty was a member of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church for 25 years. She was a member of the Orange Mound Progressive Club, the Memphis City Schools Retirement Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.




Betty is survived by her loving daughter, Daphyne Wilson Foster, son-in-law, Gerald Foster, a grand-daughter, Intisar Foster, and a host of cousins, relatives, and friends.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 29 at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 North Bellevue from 4-6pm.


An Ivy Beyond the Wall ceremony will begin immediately after at 6pm. Funeral services, Friday, August 30 at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church at 1pm. Interment immediately after at New Park Cemetery, 4536 Horn Lake Road in Memphis.


In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the


Betty Jean Johnson Wilson education scholarship fund


c/o Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church,


Attn: Scholarship Fund,


70 North Bellevue,


Memphis, Tennessee 38104.




E. H. Ford Mortuary Services
901-345-9558

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Feeling as though I've always known you... As God receive you in his loving arms, may you rest in Heavenly peace.

To ms Betty Wilson aka Mama duke a very special lady who shined a light in the life of every one who met her.She will live in life of everyone who benefits from her teaching and guidance rest in peace

Mama Duke you will truly be missed. You were always sweet and kind whenever I came to Memphis. May you Rest In Peace.

Love you,

Keir and Cindy

In loving memory of Betty Wilson aka Momma Duke. Thank you for welcoming into your family I will love you and miss you always. RIH my angel

We will miss hearing your voice and gathering for conversations. We love you and miss you Mama Duke Thank you for letting us get to know you. You were always gracious and kind. Rest in Peacel

Betty may you rest in peace and your family be consoled by the power of the Holy Spirit during this difficult time in their lives. Your Owen College classmate (1959 - 61) - Dr. Walter P. Wilson.

May God be your strength in the days, months, and years to come. RIP Ms. Betty!
Dr. & Mrs. Frank E. Thomas