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Elizabeth "Betty" Neely Carper, of Grandview, went to Heaven on December 14, 2017. She was 86 years old.
She was a life- long resident of Raleigh County and lived for almost 70 years at Grandview. She was a member of the Grandview Christian Church. Betty was born at Crow, the youngest child of Homer Cecil and Hettie Richmond Neely. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son James "Pete" Carper; brothers, William "Bill" Neely and his wife, Chloe Blackburn Neely and Homer Neely Jr. and his wife, Georgia Brown Neely; sister in law, Mary "Trink" Loflin Carper; brother in law, Winfred Maddy; and special cousins.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 67 years, James Carper of Grandview and daughter, Lynda Gilkeson and her husband, Bernard of Cross Lanes WV. She was "Memaw" to her three beloved grandchildren, Kenneth Carper of Georgia, Stephanie Carper Barnes and her husband, Michael of Virginia, and Nicole Gilkeson of California; two great granddaughters, Alexandra Barnes and Quinn Barnes; brother in law, Robert Carper of Alabama and sister in law, Margaret Carper Maddy of Maryland; daughter in law, Brenda Carper Dunkle and her husband, Tom of Scott Depot, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and her special dog, Max.
Betty was the strong and determined center of our family. She was an amazing and beautiful woman inside and out, with a long and wide list of interests and life experiences. Always, she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was the bookkeeper and manager of their family businesses and was a Licensed Practical Nurse who worked in several area hospitals and medical offices. She loved the woods and water -her pond, mountain, rivers and the ocean. She was known for her fashion and style, but was most happy digging in the dirt to cultivate her extensive flower gardens. She and Jim traveled all over the continent in their motor homes, and her grandchildren have many fond memories of summer vacations with her to beaches and amusement parks. She documented her family adventures through her passion for photography. She traveled across Europe and the Mediterranean. Throughout her life, she gathered an extensive collection of antiques and collectibles including her signature collections of roosters and copper. As her Parkinson's disease limited her activities, her later years were centered on what mattered most to her: Jim, "the kids", her home, and Max.
Funeral services will be Friday, December 22 at 2:00 pm in the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow in the Grandview Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Grandview Christian Church Online condolences: www.meltonmortuary.com
Published on December 20, 2017
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