Betty Wilhite Mayo was born Aug. 28, 1927, as the third child to Lucy Wise Wilhite and Clarence Wilhite. She died Nov. 1, 2017, at the age of 90.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Harold Mayo; her brothers, Dumah and James Wilhite; her sister, Doris Wilhite Hudson; and her parents.
Survivors include three sons, Greg (Harriet) Mayo, Dale (Donna) Mayo and David (Mary) Mayo; nephew, Ricci (Syble) Hudson; grandsons, Matthew (Katie) Mayo, Adam Mayo, Ben (Jena) Mayo, Will (Jessica) Mayo; grandnephew, Jesse (Maggie) Hudson; granddaughters, Suzanne (Time) Mulitalo, Laura (Scott) Shaw, Sarah (Nathan) Harris; grandniece, AnnaLee (Paul) Whitman; and six great-grandchildren.
Betty's career began in her father-in-law's beauty shop. When her children were born, she opened a shop in her home. Her pleasant personality, kind heart and exceptional customer service and trade skills kept her in great demand. She was the ultimate professional. When Wallace State opened its doors in 1966, Betty was there as an instructor in the cosmetology department and was the head of the department when she retired. During her time as an instructor, she equipped hundreds of students for the workplace. Her teaching went beyond the professional skills required; she touched the hearts of the students, encouraging and challenging them to make a difference.
As a member of First Baptist Church-Cullman, she volunteered in the children's department for many years. Her loving demeanor was a magnet to the children. Vacation Bible School was always one of her favorite events. Betty was an excellent seamstress and helped with costumes for special events at church. She loved watching Auburn football and Atlanta Braves baseball.
Betty loved her family unconditionally. She was a loyal wife, raised three sons, and played an active role in the lives of her grandchildren. Through the ups and downs of life, she placed her faith in God, and trusted that He would hold her close. She is resting in His care now.
Proverbs 31:10 states "Who can find a virtuous woman, for her price is far above rubies."
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, with services following in the chapel at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the children's department at First Baptist Cullman, 501 2nd Ave. SW, Cullman, AL 35055.
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Moss Service Funeral Home directing.
Published on November 1, 2017