After reading my cousin Betty's obituary, I was reminded when I was a kid . Every time Betty visited she would ask my little brother and me what Biblical pictures we had saved her from Sunday School classes. We always had some because she made us save them. I never understood what she planned to do with them but after her obituary, I now know. When I got older Betty would amaze me with her observations. In spite of her eyesight, she didn't miss a thing and would gladly share her opinions on...well everything. Careful not to "gossip," she would simply tell you how it was. I also remember her laugh, unlike anyone elses and she used to laugh a lot. I know where she is now and I know she's having the best time.
I took this first picture with Betty on her birthday this year. After I clocked out that day I went to visit her and she was just finishing up dinner. She had a huge piece of strawberry cake from Newk’s and she insisted on sharing it with me even though I insisted she eat all of it for her birthday. But if you know Betty she can be very insistent so we shared the cake. She even insisted that I cut her bangs out of her eyes one day because she hasn’t had her hair cut in months due to covid restrictions. I was very skeptical because I’ve never cut anyone’s hair but I did it anyway and it made her so happy. She had to be my favorite patient at Highland Home and she was extremely funny. She insisted on calling me “Nicole” even though my name is Noelle and I thought it was the funniest thing. She would even ask people where Nicole was if she hadn’t seen me in a while. I also used to do puzzles with her in therapy and after she put a few pieces together (with help of course) she would say “honey I can’t see it” so I always ended up finishing them. I am so saddened by Bettys passing but I know she is in a better place and I will never ever forget her. I will certainly have to go visit Betty and leave her a peppermint since I live across the street from her final resting place. I love you Betty.
Noelle Keefer AKA “Nicole”