CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Betty Jo Dorsett, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away peacefully on Sept. 17, 2011. Betty Jo chose to spend her last days at home visiting with family and friends.
Betty Jo was born on May 3, 1930, in Richmond, Va. She was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. F.H. Worthington. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1947 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph-Macon Woman's College. In 1952, Betty Jo was asked by the Kappa Delta Sorority to help establish the chapter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also took Master level courses in history.
After a short professional career, Betty Jo married the late Joseph J. Dorsett and turned her considerable people and organizational skills to charity work, particularly through the Junior League. Some of her work included helping to save and restore the Hermitage, a home owned by Aaron Burr in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., fundraising for women services and serving as President of Family Counseling Service Auxiliary of Ridgewood, N.J., for several years. She and her family lived in Louisville, Ky., Wyckoff, N.J., Dallas, Texas, and Ridgewood, N.J., before moving to Charlotte in 1986.
Betty Jo was an athlete throughout her life, playing basketball in high school and college and later tennis and golf. She enjoyed playing golf until shortly before her final illness.
Throughout her life, from school to charity efforts to her sports activities and even as a patient, Betty Jo collected an amazing array of friends from all walks of life. She was truly a person who never met a stranger. The outpouring of love from so many people in her final days, was both a blessing and a comfort to Betty Jo and her family.
She is survived her daughter, Ann T. Dorsett of Charlotte; her son, Joseph J. Dorsett Jr. and his wife, Christine; and grandson, Joseph J Dorsett III, all of Tulsa, Okla.; her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. J.D. Dorsett of Charlotte; her sister, Maryann McComb of Newport News, Va.; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, all of whom she loved.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Randolph College (founded as Randolph-Macon Women's College); or to Caring Bridge at
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Published by Daily Press from Sep. 19 to Sep. 20, 2011.
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We didn't know Betty Jo well but the few times we talked with her (mostly in the mornings when she was out with the dog and we were going on our walk), she seemed like a very kind person. Our thoughts are with her family and we hope that you will take comfort in the memories you have of her. Thanks for the pictures on the website.
Laura and Dennis Lawson
Laura Lawson
September 22, 2011
Tim Fishlock
September 20, 2011
Quilly, our condolences from the far side of the world.
Dave & Barbs Freer
September 20, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. She must have been a great lady. I know you'll meet again, where there will be no pain or sorrow. But, until then, you have my deepest sympathy. It's hard to be the one waving good bye.
Lin Wicklund
September 20, 2011
J. Michael Antoniewicz II
September 20, 2011
She sounds like a amazing lady,Sorry to hear about her passing.
September 19, 2011
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