Memorial services for Elizabeth Betty Kay Knowles will be held on November 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church of Roswell 200 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, with Rev. W. Douglas Mills officiating. A reception will be held after the services. Elizabeth Betty Kay Knowles passed away on Sunday November 11, 2012 at La Villa Retirement Community after a long battle with Alzheimer and complications from a recent stroke.
Mrs. Knowles is survived by her husband Lt. General Ret. Richard Dick T. Knowles and her sons, Stanley Crosby of Roswell, Steve Chaney and wife Laurie Chaney of San Francisco, CA grandchildren Sarah Crosby and husband Jim Boorman of Santa Barbara, CA, Stanley W. Crosby IV Tanner of Scottsdale, AZ and Richard Saunders Crosby of Roswell and sister: Josephine Tillinghast of Mobile, Alabama. Preceding her in death were her mother and father and sisters: Emily Louise Rogers, Carolyn W. Baxley, and one brother: Joseph C. Wood Jr. Her extended family includes step children: Diane Buchwald, Kathy Buck, Rebecca Crosby and Richard J. Knowles and wife Sandra Clinton and their children which included 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Betty Kay was born in Dillon, South Carolina on 11151925 to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Wood. She had three sisters and one brother. She attended Winthrop College and earned a business degree. While in college she enjoyed tennis, golf and gymnastics.
Betty was a devoted mother and wife and was married for over 36 years to Richard T. Knowles who is a retired Lt. General in the US army. She was involved in the oil and gas industry as well as real estate investments. She loved art and was a member with the First United Methodist Church. She was a long time member of the Assistance League of Chaves County and a member of P.O.E. chapter B in Roswell
For those wishing to make a memorial donation, the family suggests the Alzheimers Foundation of America or the Roswell Museum and Art Center. Arrangements are by LaGrone Funeral Chapel and Betty will be buried in Arlington Cemetary at a later date.
Her family would like to express their appreciation to the wonderful staff at La Villa and the Rose Garden for the love and treatment given to Betty in the last years of her life.
Sympathy is extended to her family and friends for the loss of this most special lady who gave so much time and love to others.
Dianne DumasSanta Fe, NM