Betty Messer Surrett died at home on January 15, at the age of 88. Betty was born April 28, 1934, in White Pine, Tennessee. She was the daughter of the late Roy J. Messer and Florence Mitchell Messer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Earl Lee Surrett, sisters Margaret Jane McClure and Jean Messer Williams, and grandson Nathaniel Seth Allen.
Betty is survived by four children, Kathryn Leah Surrett, Madisonville, Louisiana; William Roy (Janet) Surrett, Silver Spring, Maryland; Anne Mitchell Surrett Nebel, Emmaus, Pennsylvania; and Lydia Ruth Surrett (David) Warbrick, Souderton, Pennsylvania; twelve grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Betty earned a Bachelor of Arts from Maryville College in 1956 and attended Scarritt College for Christian Workers. Betty was very active in her community of North Wales where she has lived for 55 years. She loved family, promoted neighborhood friendships and civic engagement. Betty took an active role in the family business and in our church congregations including St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Sanctuary United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church of Ambler. Over the years she served on numerous committees and regularly led small groups and women’s retreats. Betty served as a census taker, worked at the polls, and registered voters. She loved to travel. When she wasn’t picking apples in Lancaster, she enjoyed visiting her children and grandchildren and traveling to Bermuda, the United Kingdom and Turkey.
A funeral service will be held in Betty’s honor on Saturday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Ambler. The family will receive friends after the service in the Church café.
In lieu of flowers we invite you to make a donation in Betty’s memory to First Presbyterian Church of Ambler for the Missions Reserve Fund.
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