Betty Jane France

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Betty Jane France, a longtime community leader considered by many to be the first lady Of NASCAR, has died.

Lesa France Kennedy said her mother died Monday evening. A statement from NASCAR on Tuesday did not disclose details of her death, including her age.

France was executive vice president and assistant treasurer of NASCAR and chair of the NASCAR Foundation. France was married to the late Bill France Jr., son of NASCAR founder Bill France. Her son, Brian, is chairman and CEO of NASCAR and France Kennedy is CEO of International Speedway Corp.

France was champion of health care for children, helping establish the "Speediatrics" children's care unit at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach and at Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Florida.

The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award was created in her honor in 2011.


Published by Journal Tribune on Aug. 31, 2016.
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Valenda Newell
November 15, 2016
Betty Jane France was a unique woman who was both mother and businesswoman in a time when that had not become popular. She instilled in Brian and Lesa the compassion for others, enthusiasm for life and steadfastness that were her hallmarks.
She will leave a void, as did the passing of Bill France, Anne B France, Bill France, Jr. and Bruce Kennedy.
I was proud to call her a friend and to have know her.
Bonnie Hamm Basham
Bonnie Hamm Basham
September 28, 2016
when was she born
james robertson
September 26, 2016
So very sorry for the loss of a great lady. She has touched so many lives including mine in ways that she never knew. I will be forever grateful that she lived and for the work that she did both with Nascar and the sick children.
Alice Thies
September 5, 2016
She will be missed by all. May God continue to bless her family and give them strength.
Clarence and Kathy Straube
September 5, 2016
May your reliance on the Lord give you confidence that he will be there for you during this most grievous time. Rom 8:37 In all these things we are coming off complete victorious through him that love us.
Gennie Johnson
September 5, 2016
"She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies...so soft, so calm, so eloquent..." Written by Lord Byron, quoted with love by WG.
Wilma Graham
September 5, 2016
Our prayers go yo the family. I know she will surely be missed. As a Wife,Mother, Grandmother my I know all the family will miss her smile and love she had for her love ones. Our family love Nascar,for over 30 years.
Lorraine
September 4, 2016
She will be remembered fondly. My brother worked for her family and she treated us like her own.
Shelly Angle
September 4, 2016
Betty Jane was a great ambassador for the NASCAR world.
She will be missed.
Michael Taylor
September 4, 2016
On behalf of the Hilly Rife family we extend our deepest sympathy to the whole France family. Big Bill was instrumental in saving my father's life many years ago, and for that we will be indebted forever. Dad always thought Betty Jane was stunning and would always make a fuss when he saw her. He would always tell her, next to my mother she was the best looking woman in the room.....and he said she always loved it. She had a heart as beautiful as her appearance. She will be missed by many. I hope they are all together now reminiscing over the wonderful lives they all led.
Our very deepest sympanthy ,
Vicki (Rife) Hughes-Micheli
September 3, 2016
rip
michelle plakas-kaiser
September 3, 2016
Many condolences to the France family during this most difficult time. May you find comfort in your cherished memories and in God's promises for the future.
September 3, 2016
My condolences to the to the France family and friends. I hope you find comfort at John 28,29.
September 3, 2016
Saddley missed we love you god bless from DeCriscio family
James Decriscio
September 2, 2016
Thank you Betty Jane for being a part of my life. Our paths crossed for a reason. You have earned your Wings....now sore with the Angles and be with your loved ones who have gone before you.
Praying for your family...these are sad times for them..
Vickie Maddox
September 2, 2016
kathy terwilliger
September 2, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this moment. She will be truly missed!
The Trachtman Family Trachtman
Friend
September 2, 2016
Dearest entire France Family,
Please know we are very sorry for your loss of Betty Jane, she was truly a remarkable woman! We have been blessed by getting to know Amy France and are so proud to have her on our Board of Directors for Straight Up SolGier Foundation. She has been an amazing giving person, just like Betty Jane. This community will miss Betty Jane but her legacy of caring will live on FOREVER in our hearts and this community. WE hope you find peace that LOVE lives forever and you will meet her again in heaven, cause HEAVEN is for REAL!
Victoria & Mike / SolGier Foundation McGuirk
September 2, 2016
To the France Family, there are no words to convey our sorrow for you during these trying times. Betty left a legacy of memories for all to reminisce on; treasure those memories and be assured that the God of Comfort has her tucked away in his memory as well.
S Jenkins
September 2, 2016
So sorry for the death of your loved one,may you enjoy The peace that only God can,and will give......
September 2, 2016






So sad to loose a member of the France family. Condolences to the Frances and to the Nascar family in general.
Brenda Mahar
September 2, 2016
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
September 2, 2016
I would like to offer my deep condolences for your loss. May your family find peace and comfort in knowing sickness, pain and death will one day be no more.
September 2, 2016
My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
September 2, 2016
So very sorry for the loss of such a precious mother. May the Good Lord bring comfort and peace in knowing mom is not dead, she is very much alive in another place called heaven. There she will collect her rewards for all the priceless good deeds she had done to make lives really matter.
Sincerely,
Pastor Marilyn D. Smith
SARPD CHAPLAIN
Marilyn Smith
September 1, 2016
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May the words at Isaiah 1145:18,19, soothe your aching hearts. The God of Lord and savior, Jesus Christ said he is near to all those that call on him. May these words bring you peace and comfort.
L W
September 1, 2016
Truly a beautiful friend, inside and out, thank you for all the love and kindness you have given not only to our community but our family as well. You will never be forgotten. Blessings and love to your family.
God bless you Betty Jane....til we meet again
Chris & Wendy Davis Allaway
September 1, 2016
So sorry for such a loss. May the God of all comfort be with family and loved ones.
Stacy
September 1, 2016
You will be missed by all who even met you RIP
Karen Keeney
September 1, 2016
" Dust in the wind "
" All we are is dust in the wind "
Your work is done...
Rest in Peace
Ernest Howell
September 1, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
September 1, 2016
May the love of family & friends comfort you during these difficult days, our sincere condolences.
Barrett Family
September 1, 2016
My sincere condolences to the family .what a lovely person
September 1, 2016
It's still so hard to believe that she's really gone. My prayers are with you, Brian and Lisa.
Ann Hunter
September 1, 2016
What a loss to our community. Thanks for all your kind words and support! Memories will help us get through this difficult time. Jennie Razer
Jennifer Razer
September 1, 2016
I am sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is a hard thing to do but when it is the last parent and your Mother, it is really hard.

My prayers are with you always. God bless you and keep you when life seems unbearable without her.
Cheryl Landin
September 1, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Allison Lamb
August 31, 2016
RIP awesome lady.
Bryan
August 31, 2016
Heaven has a wonderful Angel RIP
Paula K.
August 31, 2016
Bill and Betty Jane France, both amazingly wonderful and generous friends and clients. Words cannot adequately express the loss her passing brings to MANY. God Bless you Betty Jane..
Debra Stephens
August 31, 2016
Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends and family for strength, and always remember how much you are loved.
August 31, 2016
Our condolences goes to you on this difficult time. May our loving God assign all of you peace. Psalm 9:9;10
Ann
August 31, 2016
Mrs. Betty Jane France, MiLady,
Thank you for the beautiful and fond
memories you've shared with me and my husband.
You will never be forgotten, you will always
live and have a place in our "hearts".
We will always love you......

Mila Santos
Daytona Beach
Mila Santos
August 31, 2016
Our family adds our condolences to the France family. We were honored to have known Betty Jane and Bill for many years and cherish the memories of the times we spent together. Our heart goes out to Lesa, Brian and Ben at this sorrowful time.
Suzy and Stan Alexander
August 31, 2016
I am a retired nurse who worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Halifax Medical Center. The commitment and dedication to the children's units in that hospital by Mrs. France was greatly appreciated by all of the employees, patients, and their families.
Nancy Creal
August 31, 2016
Sorry for your loss. Prayers to the entire France family.
Tim Southers
August 31, 2016
I will never forget our school years together at Old Town school in Winston-Salem NC. My prayers are with the family. God bless you at this time. Eddie LeVan. King, NC. Rest in peace Betty.
August 31, 2016
May your grief be softened by the Blessings of Mother/Father God and healed by Angels wings. Peace be with you. Jodeen Kline (DUSA)
Jodeen Kline
August 31, 2016
May the family find peace in our Lord Jesus Christ who is our Savior. Betty is going to be miss we hate when the ones who love everybody exspecially the children leave us. Let friends and family find comfort with Prays.
D. T.
August 31, 2016
Lesa, Brian and families,
Our prayers are with you all. We are so sadden to hear about Betty Jane. She was indeed an attribute to this community and will be missed by all.
Sherry Peck Davidson
August 31, 2016
May Jehovah give your family strength during this difficult time. Please accept my condolences.
Valerie Valentine
August 31, 2016
God,s Peace & Grace be with the entire family!!!
Mariann Darcangelo
August 31, 2016
Our thought & prayers are with you at this time of your loss!
From Cindy Ferrara State Farm & The Team
Mariann Darcangelo
August 31, 2016
GOD BE WITH YOU AND FAMILY
MARY DONNA DAVIS
August 31, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you Celebrate her life and her commitment to community and the lives of others. Grateful for the opportunities provided by the foundation.
Peace and Blessings,
A. Wilson
August 31, 2016
God has gained a NEW Angel! Prayers to you all.
Lynn Sheridan
August 31, 2016
My sincere condolences to the family , friends . May you find comfort in the many fond memories and happy time all shared with
Miss Batty J France
Verge Brinson
August 31, 2016
Life is a miracle and it is amazing to have had that gift of knowing and cherishing our loved one.
I hope you are able to find strength and peace during this time of loss. Please, "throw your burden on to God because he cares for us" and will carry you through this loss - I Peter 5: 7."

How to handle grief:
See the booklet When Someone You Love Dies
Perla Eustache
August 31, 2016
GOD BLESS FRANCE FAMILY
& THEIR FRIENDS.
ONE DAY AT A TIME SWEET JESUS,
UNTIL YOU ALL MEET AGAIN IN HEAVEN.
August 31, 2016
The NASCAR family has lost a great woman. Thank you for all the wonderful, caring things you have done. France Family you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Shawn Douglas
August 31, 2016
My heart felt prayers are with the family during this time of sorrow.
J McGhee
August 31, 2016
Beloveds, truly sorry to hear about Betty Jane France. One day death will be gone forever and the tears wiped away from all faces, for this has been promised. Just think how wonderful life will be then!
August 31, 2016
Melanie Wheaton and family
August 31, 2016
Betty France was a fine human being of the highest sense. She gave so selflessly of herself for others and those less fortunate. Many owe their quality of life to her noble philanthropic efforts and the world is a better place for having her. I know she has Gods Speed.
Mark Clayton
August 31, 2016
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
T Griffin
August 30, 2016
Please remember - she is in a better place now.
Kathy and Gary Graham
August 30, 2016
My condolences to the family. You are in my thoughts.her deeds shall not be forgotten. Eccl.7:1
Sckerra
August 30, 2016
My deepest condolences to family and friends. I pray that the God of all comfort will give you peace. Jer 29:11
T S
August 30, 2016
Thoughts and prayers to the France family. Also to the entire Nascar community. She was beacon of love and compassion.
Victoria Woodlee
August 30, 2016
Lewis and Marilyn Howton may God be with this family
Lewis & Marilyn Howton
August 30, 2016
My heartfelt condolences go out to the children and grandchildren of Mrs. France. I had the pleasure of working for her on several occasions. We shall miss you, Ma'am.
Blair LeGette
August 30, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to the France family for their loss. She was such inspiration to many and her charitable legacy will live on forever. Priscilla Packard, Daughter of the late Sammy Packard who was one of the original founders of NASCAR.
Priscilla Packard
August 30, 2016
My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of your dear loved one. May prayers to the God of all comfort strengthen you. He promises 'I will fortify you. I will really help you. I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness." (Isa 41:10)
Carol Richardson
August 30, 2016
GOD BLESS YOU KIND LADY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND KINDNESS TO ALL AND ESPECIALLY THE CHILDREN.
PRAYIN' COMFORT AND HEALIN' FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY , MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF Y'ALL.
I WOULD LIKE TA' PERSONALLY THANK Y'ALL FOR THE CREATION OF NASCAR AND ALL THE JOY AND GOOD THAT COMES FROM IT DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY!!!!
MAY GOD'S LOVE AND BLESSINGS CONTINUE TO SHINE UPON Y'ALL'S FAMILIES AND FOUNDATIONS THAT REAP THE REWARDS FROM Y'ALL'S SELFLESSNESS, TIME , AND LOVE ...
FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART , I THANK Y'ALL FOR BEING JUST Y'ALL !!!!
MY Y'ALL HAVE A BLESSED LIFE FULL OF LOVE !!!
GARVIN ERNEST [ ERNIE /CRAWDAD ] ..( JR. ) LEE
August 30, 2016
My husband and I are NASCAR fans since the mid 1980's and we were lucky enough to attend a race event at The Ocean Center and Mrs. France was there with her beautiful smile and dressed in a gorgeous outfit and I happened to be beside her in passing and she stopped me and said "Oh,you are so beautiful" and I was wearing deep pink jacket that she could not miss. I did thank her and never forgot her kind words to me and I never will. She was a classy lady to the end. Her love for all children and her Foundation for them shows her kindness and hard work for many years and she is an example we all need to follow. God bless her and her Family to help them through their grief....she was one of a kind and will be remembered through the years to come. A truly Grand Lady.
Barbara & George Sala
August 30, 2016
Prayers for you all
Charles Tart
August 30, 2016
Rest in Peace
Scott Chamberland
August 30, 2016
So very sorry about Betty Jane. My school years were filled with fun and laughter because of her great sense of humor. There are so many wonderful memories of those years at Old Town and Northwest. We will never forget her and her wonderful ways. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.
Kay Spencer-Hogg
August 30, 2016
My condolence"s to the family of Mrs France, May God be with you all, we are so very sorry for your loss.
Brenda Huff
August 30, 2016
I'll never forget you Betty Jane never ever ever
Joseph Saucier
August 30, 2016
Oh my Betty Jane, I wish I would have known. I will never ever ever forget the friendship that you gave me forever and ever my prayers are out to you and your family may God take you and give you the best of joy please say hello to Bill for me.
Joseph Saucier
August 30, 2016
A NASCAR family member that will be missed by all that knew her. May Betty Jane Rest in Peace.
pete Chenail
August 30, 2016
Sad, very sad; condolences to BJ's family - I knew her parents and sister very well.
She was a my dear friend in high school.
Harry Lineback
August 30, 2016
From all of us at Extreme America SpeedSports:

We're sorry to hear of the passing of Betty Jane. Condolences & Prayers.

God's Speed
Extreme America SpeedSports
August 30, 2016
May her legacy and achievements live up. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Please keep in mind that those who mourn can be comforted by God, family, friends and fond memories.
Monica Minto
August 30, 2016
To the France family. So sorry for your lost. Our prayers our wish you.
Steve & Mary Lou Geiger
August 30, 2016
So sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.
Virginia Chwastyk
August 30, 2016
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