Resident Spotlight for Eagles Landing: Bettie Browning ONeal

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 22nd, 2015 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Bettie O'NealWhere did you grow up?

Bettie was born on August 9, 1930 in Jackson, Georgia.  She says that she grew up on a dairy farm.  She was the youngest of 6 children with 3 sisters and 2 brothers.  Today the 3 sisters are all living.  Bettie graduated from Jackson High School and then attended Asbury College in Kentucky before transferring to University of Georgia, where she earned a degree in Home Economics Education.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Bettie says that some of her favorite childhood memories include washing milk bottles for her family diary business while growing up until she went away to college, following her father around the farm – especially riding on the combine – while harvesting wheat, attending Sunday School and Church with her family, and attending Camp Meeting with her family while growing up.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Bettie says that she loved teaching and she married her high school sweetheart Alvin Lewis ONeal.  They married June 10, 1952 and they were married for 39 years until he died 25 years ago.  They had 3 children 2 boys and 1 girl and she has 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  Bettie states that she and her husband loved to travel and she especially remembers a 2 week vacation they took with their kids out west and visited National Parks along the way.

Did you have a profession?  Bettie says that her main occupation was as a teacher. She started by teaching Home Economics and then she was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years. She retired from Atlanta Public School in 1988.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud?  Bettie says that she is most proud of becoming a Christian, having children, and she went to Russia to teach Christian Morals and Ethics to teachers from 1994 to 1995. In 1996, she went back to teach for another 6 months.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating college?  Bettie says “to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Whatever you are interested in doing with your life, work hard, do the best you can, and share what you have with others.”

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?  Bettie says “train up a child in the way they should go and get involved in a church and be active in the church and school activities.”

What brought you to Dogwood Forest?  Bettie states many years ago she was unable to take care of herself and needed to be around other people. So her family placed her in Great Oaks Assisted Living where she stayed many years and then she moved to Benton House to be closer to her daughter. She stayed in Benton House until transferring to Dogwood Forest of Eagles Landing on April 25, 2015.  Bettie seems to like it very much at Dogwood Forest. She participates in many of the activities offered in the community but also keeps herself entertained in her room by reading and watching TV.

Bettie has dedicated her life to teaching younger generations and preparing them for the opportunities the future will provide them. She has touched the lives of many through her work both here in the US and overseas. We are happy she is a part of the Dogwood Forest community, and look forward to many years in her company.