Betty Naylor, 84, of Raleigh, passed away on Tuesday morning after a long battle with dementia.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Eugene Naylor (Gene) and her half-siblings Katherine Shipman, Edith Clark, Blanche Walsh and Ralph Stewart.
She leaves behind her brother John Walters, her niece Kay Schoellhorne, her children Vicky Davison and husband Jeff of Benson, NC, Kathy Scholl and husband Tim of Angier, NC, Cindy Mitchell of Raleigh, NC, whose husband Joe Melton preceded Betty in death, Marty Page and husband Charlie of Longmont, CO, Thomas Naylor and wife Katharine of Jackson Beach FL, Matthew Naylor and wife Sheila of Cherry Grove Beach, SC and Margaret Hicks of Durham, NC. Grandchildren include Laura Elliott, Winston Bowden, Angela Evans, Laurel Melton, Jackson Melton, Mallory Page, Beckley Page, Kain Naylor, Erik Jones and Cody Jones. There are also numerous great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Betty was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. At 19, she moved to Raleigh where she started her career and later a family with her first husband Clyde Mitchell. They were blessed with four girls - Vicky, Kathy, Cindy and Marty.
She worked thirty five years with the federal government. Work was an important part of her life and she endeavored to deliver exemplary performance. Throughout her career, Betty received innumerable awards in her various positions.
In 1980, she married Gene Naylor. Both Betty and her husband Gene were long-time members of Highland United Methodist Church.They helped launch the Wednesday Night Suppers program providing delicious meals to encourage friendship and fellowship among the church’s members.They also served on several church committees including the Bereavement Committee.They enjoyed square dancing at the church for years. She loved Highland.
The garden on her patio was a special place for her and the family. She and Gene spent countless hours filling the space with water features, flowers and trees. Betty would often sit in the living room and watch the birds and squirrels play in the space they created. Animals were something she cherished, and she adored her two cats Mingo and Sadie.
On weekends, Betty enjoyed visiting their cottage in Holden Beach. The cottage was host to many family events and lots of special memories. She and Gene loved to cook together. Whether they were at the beach, or at their home in Raleigh, good food and fellowship was a common theme.
Betty was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She always looked for ways to help those in need. She will be deeply missed.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 10 at 2:00 pm at Highland Methodist Church in Raleigh. A reception will follow the service. Betty loved bright colors. If you can join us, please feel free to honor her by wearing something bright. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Transitions LifeCare at hospiceofwake.org or the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.