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Elizabeth Jo "Bettie" Sylvanus

July 31, 1924 – March 9, 2022


Bettie Jo Sylvanus, 97, of Abilene passed away peacefully at the Hendrick Hospice on March 9, 2022.


Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, March 14, 2022, at 10:00 AM in the chapel of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home 5701 Hwy. 277 S. with Pastor C. V. Blake officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery in Anson. A time of visitation will be held on Monday beginning at 9:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.


Bettie was born on July 31, 1924, in Roaring Springs, Texas, in Dickens County to the late Edgar and Bertha (Dean) Glazner. She was reared in Dickens County where she attended the Patton Springs School. She married John Powell Sylvanus in 1949. They lived in several towns to include Anson, Amarillo, Andrews, and eventually settling back in Abilene. She was a graduate of Texas Tech University where she obtained her Business Degree, and later attended Hardin Simmons where she received her teaching certification. She taught in Anson and at Leuders-Avoca School Districts.


Bettie loved people and enjoyed serving others. She will be remembered for her loving and kind Christian life. She was a longtime devoted member of First Baptist Church where she loved attending until her health prevented her from going. She devoted herself to several organizations: over 45 year member of Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma; lifetime member of Texas State Teachers Association; Retired Teachers; and her beloved Hendrick Medical Center Auxiliary. She followed in her mother in law’s footsteps and served as a “Pink Lady”, volunteering countless hours greeting those coming into the hospital. While her friends and community were a special part of her life, her most precious role was being a loving, nurturing, and caring wife, mother to her three boys, grandmother, and great grandmother.


She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband; son, James Don Sylvanus; grandson, John Cody Sylvanus; her siblings, Charles, Dean, and Ida Bell Glazner.


She is survived by her devoted sons, John Ed Sylvanus, and Joe Tom Sylvanus; her granddaughter, Rachel Leonard and her husband Mason; great grandchildren Hayden, Reese, and Abe Leonard; three nieces and two nephews; a host of other relatives, and many special friends.


In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in her name to your favorite charity. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Sylvanus family.