Resident Spotlight: Betty Steadham

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 2nd, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Betty was born on June 15, 1934 in Atlanta, Georgia and lived there while she grew up.  She was the 3rd oldest in a family of 9 children.  Betty graduated from Russel High School in East Point, Georgia.  Picture Betty Steadham

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Betty states that, being in a family with 9 children, she always had other children to play with. She was part of a family that really loved each other.  She said that she always played hopscotch and made up games with other children in the neighborhood.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Betty states that her future husband Robert Steadham lived in the same area that she did growing up. He was good friends with her brother. When Robert returned from his time as a Marine, he came to visit her brother and saw that Betty was all grown up. He wanted to go out with Betty, but she refused to go out with him.  Robert apparently knew that he wanted to marry Betty from the time he saw her, so he kept asking her out until she went out with him. They dated for a period of time and then right after she graduated from high school, she married Robert in June 1953.  They were happily married until he died in May 2010.  They had 2 wonderful sons.  One son died about 8 months before Betty’s husband died, so Betty had to deal with losing her son and husband very close together. She has just one son living now.  

Did you have a profession?  Betty did mostly office work, working as a secretary a bookkeeper. She worked in the front office of doctor’s offices and typed out notes from doctors that had been recorded.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud?  Betty states that she is most proud of coming from a large family of 9 children, and that everyone loved each other. She also loved her husband and children very much.

Is there anything you’ve learned in your life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating from college? Betty stated “make up your mind what you want to do in life and stick with it.”

Is there anything you’ve learned in your life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?  Betty says “love your family and always be honest with them.”

What brought you to Dogwood Forest?  Betty’s son said that after Betty’s husband died, the family started noticing Betty showing signs of dementia and memory problems. Betty had a fall at home and injured her shoulder, and her family was increasingly concerned about Betty living at home. Her family was able to get Betty to try living at Dogwood Forest to see if she would like it.  Her son also states that he is looking for a house where Betty can also live with them comfortably, so maybe Betty can live at home again.  Her son indicates that Betty is showing some signs of adjusting to living at Dogwood Forest. Betty says that she is attending some activities and developing friendships with several other residents. Betty enjoy interacting with them.