Memorial services for Elizabeth (Betty) Kay Knowles will be held on Nov. 15, 2012, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Roswell, 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. W. Douglas Mills officiating. A reception will be held after the services. Elizabeth (Betty) Kay Knowles passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at La Villa Retirement Community after a long battle with Alzheimer’s 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 and Steve Chaney and wife Laurie Chaney of San Francisco; grandchildren, Sarah Crosby and husband Jim Boorman of Santa Barbara, Calif., Stanley W. Crosby IV (Tanner) of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Richard Saunders Crosby of Roswell and sister Josephine Tillinghast of Mobile, Ala. Preceding her in death were her mother and father and sisters, Emily Louise Rogers and Carolyn W. Baxley and brother Joseph C. Wood Jr. Her extended family in-cludes stepchildren, Diane Buchwald, Kathy Buck, Rebecca Crosby, Richard J. Knowles and wife Sandra Clinton and their children, which include nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Betty Kay was born in Dillon, S.C., on Nov. 15, 1925, 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 more than 36 years to Richard T. Knowles, a retired Lt. General in the U.S. Army. She was involved in the oil and gas industry as well as real estate investments. She loved art and was a member of First United Methodist Church.
She was a longtime 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 Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or the Roswell Museum and Art Center.
Arrangements are by LaGrone Funeral Chapel and Betty will be buried in Arlington Cemetery 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.
Friends may leave condolences online at lagronefuneralchapels.com. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.