It is with great sadness that the family of Betty M. LaGrone announces her peaceful passing on Feb. 14, 2021.
Betty was born Feb. 27, 1935 in Mattson, Mississippi to William Ocie Ware and Lola Mae Oswalt. She graduated from Sunflower County Agriculture High School in Moorhead in 1953. She married the love of her life, William N. LaGrone on May 9, 1953 and they had three children before he passed away on Aug. 16, 1969 while serving in the U.S. Army in Vinh Long, Vietnam.
Betty used the G.I. Bill to earn a B.S. in Social Services from Troy State University in 1978. She held various jobs in local, southeast Alabama ageing programs after college, but her favorite job was being a Level Plains, Ala. police department dispatcher. Later in life she enjoyed working the deli counter at Winn Dixie in Vestavia Hills. She was a member of the Gold Star Wives of America and during the 70s she was the president of her local chapter. She was an avid and successful bowler and a frequent visitor at Fort Rucker Bowling Alley and Vestavia Bowl.
She is survived by her loving family including son, Ron LaGrone (Ulla) of Alexandria, Ala.; daughter, Vicki Ellenburg (Roger) of Birmingham, Ala.; daughter, Cheryl Galtney (Bill) of Homewood, Ala.; twelve grandchildren, Sam (Cara) LaGrone, Dan LaGrone, Mandy (Casey) Mack, Mary Elizabeth (Zach) Nelson, William (Tori) Pittman, Hannah Ellenburg, Harper (Caley) Ellenburg, Rian (Sid) Whalen, Mary (Jay) Potts, Catherine (Trey) Brown, Pierce (Quincey) Galtney and Grant Galtney; and her seventeen dearly loved great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Madolyn Gibson Lewis of Moorhead and many, much-adored nieces and nephews.
A private service will be held at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Ala. Family and friends will celebrate her life at a time when all can be together safely.
The family would like to thank all of the caregivers who assisted with her needs in the last few months at both UAB and Greenbriar at the Altamont. Also, special thanks to Jessica Marbury and Deborah Lee for all the time, patience and kindness they shared with Mom over the last few years that allowed her to remain independent as long as possible.
Betty, Mom, Granny will be missed and remembered by all who knew her. Her only request was that she be buried with her Bill and they would be “Together Forever.” As you wish mom… it will be done.