March 13, 2006
Betty Pilcher Spence, 75, of Albany, died Sunday, March 12, 2006 at Evergreen Assisted Living in Albany. Her funeral service will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at Christ United Methodist Church. The Reverends Bob Moon and Kent Miller will officiate.
Betty was born March 21, 1930 in Albany, and she moved with her family to Atlanta at an early age. Betty attended Girls High School of Atlanta and graduated from Brown High School, also in Atlanta. She graduated from the Emory University School of Nursing in 1948. She pursued her nursing career at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and at St. Mary's and Athens General Hospitals both in Athens. After the family moved to Albany in 1960, she nursed at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and was an instructor for the practical nursing class at the Albany Vocational School. Betty was deeply involved in the fight against drug abuse by young people in the Albany area, where she founded the CODAC program, and she chaired the Georgia Council against Drug Abuse during the administrations of Governors Carter and Busbee. Betty also ran a small catering business, which she called her third and last career. She was a very active member of Christ United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, C. Norman Spence; two daughters: Leigh Ann Spence, Sandra Jean Breedlove and her husband Kenneth; two grandchildren: Brandon and Haley Breedlove; sister, Phoebe Bolton of Conyers; and several nieces and nephews.
Betty's family will receive friends Tuesday, 5:30 to 7 PM at Kimbrell-Stern. Those desiring may make memorials to Christ United Methodist Church, 505 Byron Plantation Road, Albany, GA 31707or the Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition, P.O. Box 1962, Albany, GA 31702. You may sign the guest book and share your own special thoughts and memories with the family of Betty Pilcher Spence by visiting Kimbrell-Stern's website at www.kimbrellstern.com.