Resident Spotlight: Ethel Betsill Keeton


Posted by Kia Crawford on May 3rd, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Ethel was born in Fayette County, Georgia and when she was 11 years old, her family moved to Clayton County.  She grew up the third oldest child in the family with 6 sisters and 2 brothers. Today 5 of the brothers and sisters are still living.  Ethel graduated from Jonesboro High School, and took some business college courses Massey Business College.  

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Ethel’s family states that Ethel grew up on a farm and remembers picking cotton as a child.  Ethel also has good memories of attending school while growing up, but otherwise had to work a lot on the farm while growing up. Picture Ethel Keeton

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Ethel got married in 1951 when she was 17 years old to Lanier Hansard. They had 2 daughters.  They were married until he died in 1966.  She was then married to Doug Keeton for about 25 years, until they divorced around 2000.  Ethel has 2 daughters, 3 grandsons and 2 great granddaughters.   Another good memory for Ethel is going to Washington D.C. with her grandson while he was in school.

Did you have a profession?  Ethel has had several different jobs in her life. She first worked in a drapery factory making drapes. Then, she was an insurance agent for about 20 years at Southern Insurance Underwrites. Her last job was working for Sam’s in McDonough giving out food samples. She retired for good about 5-6 years ago.

Which accomplishment in life do you feel most proud?  Ethel is most proud of raising her two daughters, which she had to do mostly by herself with her first husband dying in 1966. Her daughters became wonderful and respected adults.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating from school? The best advice she would give to someone just getting out of school would be to work hard and do the best job you can do.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?  The best advice Ethel would give to someone starting a family is to love and be faithful to your spouse.  

What brought you to Dogwood Forest?  Prior to Ethel coming to Dogwood Forest, she was living in her home.  Her family felt that she had shown signs of Alzheimer’s for the past several years.  Her daughters found out that Ethel was getting up in the night and going and knocking on neighbor’s doors, which is when they realized that she needed more care and supervision.  Her daughters would go to her home daily and check on her and assist her as needed.  Ethel was in a car accident in March 2013 with broken bones and collapsed lung, putting her in the hospital for a week and a rehab center for a month. Since then, Ethel’s Alzheimer’s has gotten a lot worse.  Ethel has been living at Dogwood Forest since October 1, 2015.