Betty is predeceased by her husband George Phillips, her older sister Hill King (Gordon) and younger sister Margaret (Peg) Cowell. She is survived by her brother George Cowell. Bette is mother of B.J. Reid (Jim) and Isaac (Nancy). She is Granny to Meggen Reid (B.J.), Jessie Pattison (Ean), Kelsey Cartwright (Andy), Brayden Phillips (Keri), Hannah Phillips, and Erin Roberts(Travis). She also is Great Granny to Sydney, Edie, Payton, Olivia, Cruz, Everett and Imogen.
Many will know Miss Bette from her years of tireless work at the “Children’s Learning Workshop” in Dunnville where she taught many local children at nursery school. Prior to that, she taught for many years in the Simcoe District with mentally and physically challenged students. In her later years she concentrated on her art – producing dozens of oil and water colour paintings and attending many classes to learn more. Bette loved to cook and bake. She enjoyed giving away plates of Christmas cookies as well as entertaining friends and family with her gourmet meals.
She cherished the times she was able to get back to the “farm” where she was born and raised. Bette fell ill because of a heart condition in late 2020 and spent her last few months across the street from where she was born. During this time she enjoyed watching the birds and deer whenever she was able.
Special thanks to Dr. Kobah, Dr. Smith, and Dr. Scallan for the time they spent with Bette. Also thanks to Rev. Whitecross for his visits and prayers, and the wonderful, caring nursing staff on the third floor at the Dunnville Hospital. A celebration of life is planned for fall 2021. Donations to Women’s Shelter Foundation, Dunnville Hospital, or Knox Presbyterian Church would be appreciated. A Private family service has taken place. Online condolences and photos at jwhartfuneralhome.com