Betty Jean (Blakeney) Myers was born, September 10, 1934 to Will and Maudie Blakeney, the second oldest of three girls and three boys. She spent her childhood and teenaged years in the greater Charlotte area.
At age 19, Betty left Charlotte with her first-cousin, childhood and lifetime best friend, Mary Funderburke (deceased) for bigger opportunities and adventures in New York. They found work in Long Island as live-in domestics. It was work she continued until she met her husband and lifetime partner of 66 years, Joe L. Myers.
After they wed, Betty and Joe, lived in the Long Island towns of Freeport, Roosevelt and finally Wyandanch as they raised a family of four girls and three boys. After their youngest birthed children became adults, they adopted three siblings, aged, five, three and a day old infant. This new group raised their family total of children to 10. They continued to make Mom Myers’s house loud, lively and full of adventures. By now Betty and her beloved Joe, were revered and loved by all in Wyandanch, where they lived for more than 30 years.
But Mom Betty after a long and fulfilling life in New York felt the tug to come back home. In 2005 she and Joe returned to the Charlotte area, settling in Indian Trail. She enjoyed her reunion with her siblings, Carson (wife Lucille) both deceased, Lee Thomas (wife Evelyn, deceased). Sister-in-law Arnetta (wife of departed brother Houston), all residents of Monroe; and Cousins Geraldine Blakeney (deceased) and Jessie Blakeney, Charlotte residents.
Mom Betty, or Mother Myers, as she was often referred to by her church friends was a dutiful servant of the Lord. Her siblings, kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends will remember her as an unapologetic woman of God. Mother Myers was always ready with a bible verse and an reminder, sternly when needed, to keep God first.
She greeted all, especially friends with a smile, kind word and her contagious warm spirit. Her kids and friends will remember her quick wit and self-deprecating sense of humor. If you knew this happy woman of God, you knew she lived Proverbs 17:22, “"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."
She leaves to cherish her fond memories, her husband, Joe Louis Myers; Sons: Darius Myers of West NY, New Jersey; Norman Myers of Wyandanch, NY, and Alfonso Myers (Olivia) of Clifton Park, NY; Daughters: Priscilla Williams of Monroe, NC, Sheila Myers, Diann Myers, both of Indian Trail, NC, Patricia Myers of Deer Park NY, Vinchinza Myers of Medford, NY, and Nyvenia Myers of Orlando, FL; one brother, Lee Thomas Blakeney of Monroe, NC; 29 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a host of nephew, nieces and other relatives and friends.
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