May 012012

From the Oak Ridger:

On April 8, 2012, Sara Elizabeth “Betty” Ellis Galloway passed away in Richland, Wash….

Betty graduated from Cumberland College and Eastern Kentucky State College. Later she earned her master’s degrees, one in special education and one in guidance and counseling, at the University Tennessee at Knoxville. From the 1960s until retirement in 1984, she was a special education teacher in Oak Ridge.

Betty served with her husband as a missionary in China and then Thailand, from 1947 to 1951. Later, they both served the First Baptist Church in Russellville, Ky., and the First Baptist Church in Oak Ridge. Betty was the first Southern Baptist female deacon in the state of Tennessee. An annual award for women in leadership in Tennessee now bears her name. Throughout her life, she continued to attend writers’ workshops and loved documenting parts of her life in China, Thailand and in rural Kentucky.

1947 to 1951 would have been an interesting time to live in China. I wonder if any of her writings about that period are still around.

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