Betty Keith, age 85, of Creedmoor, NC passed peacefully in her home on Wednesday, November 25th with family present. She was born in Durham, NC to Melvin (Pete) Williams and Vera Durham Williams on July 19, 1935. She grew up in Durham and graduated from Durham High School where she earned the girls senior athletic award. Betty began working in the banking industry immediately after high school graduation. She was a member of the nation’s first allfemale bank branch team in Creedmoor in the 1960’s. She continued in banking for over 40 years. She was well-known by the entire community for her friendliness and attention to detail in assisting in the affairs of others.
Betty lived a life of service. The needs of others were always ahead of her own. She and James were active members of Olive Grove Baptist Church and supported numerous church programs. Even after retirement she prepared meals for the church senior citizens meetings on a monthly basis. Betty worked the polls at her local precinct for many years, and assisted with local Ruritan activities. Any endeavor undertaken by her husband or sons could always count on her unwavering backing, always behind the scenes. Betty’s kitchen and table were always open to family, guests, and anyone in need. Betty joyfully prepared meals for countless others in and out of her home.
Betty’s pride were her granddaughters and she took great pleasure in spoiling them. Granny’s house was a destination for fun and adventure.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, James Keith. She is survived by sons Barry Keith of Carrboro, NC with his daughter Nicky and Alan Keith (Bonnie) of Raleigh, NC with daughters Sara Mayberry (Kyle) of Asheville, NC and Dr. Jenny Keith of Cary, NC. She is also survived by her brother Raymond Williams of Hillsborough, NC.
Special thanks to her caregivers with Lilies of Hope, especially Juanita Gray, Tammy Locklear and Mary Chavis.
A graveside service will be held at Olive Grove Baptist Church in Creedmoor at 2:00 PM on Sunday November 29,2020. Masks and distancing will be required. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Duke Hospice or the Baptist Children’s Home.