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Betsy Couch Sharp, January 23, 1927~November 2, 2014

Sharp, Betsy PicBetsy Couch Sharp, age 87, passed away from complications from stroke, on November 2, 2014, in Fayetteville Arkansas. “Betsy,” as she was affectionately known, is survived by her sister, Jane Nutter of Bogart, Georgia; two sons, Malcolm Sharp, his wife, Joel Giarrusso of Fayetteville AR., Evan Sharp of Seattle WA; and grandsons Thomas and Eric Sharp. Betsy was born January 23, 1927 in Chapel Hill, NC, to parents William and Elizabeth Couch.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a liberal arts degree. She moved to Chicago and accepted a position as a secretary at the Univ. of Chicago, where she worked until she married. She married Jonathon Sharp in 1949 and the couple had two children together. She divorced in1958 and thereafter moved to the San Francisco Bay area. She worked as an executive secretary for Kaiser Engineers, and after retirement, she freelanced as a typist and editor for international students. “Bets,” as she was also known, was an affectionate and loving mother, and a witty, charming grandmother. She was an avid reader and enjoyed topics varying from the NY Times Book Review to Eastern philosophy. She was also a crossword puzzle whiz. Betsy was a lifelong “seeker” and was open to new and different ideas. She had friends from all walks of life, and she thought it was more important to acquire knowledge and friends than materialistic things. Thanks to North Hills Life Care and Rehab and WRMC Hospice. Beard’s Chapel will handle private family services.

Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.

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    Eileen & Mike Lieber » 03. Nov, 2014

    Dear Malcolm, Joel,Tom and Eric:

    Our condolences on the recent passing of Betsy. We knew you expected this, but it’s never easy.

    Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

    Thinking of you,
    Eileen and Mike

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    Susan gilford » 03. Nov, 2014

    What an honor it was to care for Betsy at North Hills, she will be greatly missed.

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    Maria » 26. Feb, 2015

    Malcolm: thank you so much for your call, letting me know of Betsy’s passing. Despite a 37-year age difference, she was a dear friend of mine for nearly 30 years. I have just come across an entry in my journal of a dream I’d had of Betsy, on November 17- 15 days after she passed. Maybe she contacted me after all! The obit describes her as a seeker, and that she was. She said once, mostly in jest, that she’d “give me a sign,” when she passed away. The dream is so brief but it has some symbolism in it: as I wrote it: “she followed me into a living room and said ‘oh good, I can chat with you in here,’ meaning because I was coming in from the garage where it was dark. ‘Her place’: it was light with white carpeting and she distinctly told me she’d just cleaned her carpets. I can’t remember what else…”
    This was a 5am blurb! I don’t know if it means anything but I think Betsy would find it interesting anyway! I’d have called you Malcolm, but I’ve since lost your message. I just wanted you to know that I cared for Betsy and thought of her often. Best wishes, Maria Graceffo