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Betsy Marie Garrard

Betsy Marie Garrard, 85, a resident of Creedmoor, NC, passed away on July 9, 2022 at home surrounded by her family.

Betsy was born on January 19, 1937 in Durham, NC to the late Andrew Kanas and the late Mary Kanas. She was a 1955 graduate of the Methodist Orphanage in Raleigh, NC. After her father passed away, Betsy grew up in the Methodist Orphanage in Raleigh, NC where she made life-long friends and wonderful memories that she shared with her friends and family. After high school Betsy met the love of her life, Jerry, and was married in Oxford, NC on August 8, 1956. Soon afterwards, they welcomed a son, Dennis, and then later Denise, and then William (Scooter). In 1980, Betsy and Jerry opened Jerry’s Pizza in Creedmoor, NC and ran the restaurant with their family until they retired after 25 years in 2005. At Jerry’s Pizza, Betsy was able to show her love and compassion to all her customers. She welcomed strangers a place to stay, out of towners a table to share holidays, free meals to people who just needed a little extra love, and a hug and smile to all her cliental. When Betsy retired with Jerry she enjoyed time with her family, neighbors, and friends.

Betsy was of the Christian faith and lived a life of generosity to people in need and showed genuine compassion for others. Betsy was also a talented painter and loved to paint, especially old houses, and would share her paintings at the state fair and with family and friends.

Left to cherish her memories are her husband of 66 years, Jerry Garrard, of Creedmoor, NC ; son, Dennis Garrard (Sharon) of Homestead, FL, daughter, Denise McCampbell (Wade) of Creedmoor, NC, son, William “Scooter” Garrard (Amy) of Stem, NC, daughter, Grace Conway (Mike) of Coral Springs, FL; grandchildren CJ Whitt (Lauren) of Charlotte, NC, Nathan Garrard (Kaylor) of Creedmoor, NC, Carly Carver (Zach) of Franklinton, NC, Michelle Conway of Clanton, AL, Jennifer Starke (Morgan) of Catawba, NC: great-grandson, Caleb Whitt; a sister, Elnora Keeter; a brother, Jimmy Walker, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Andy Kanas.

Memorial services will be held Friday, July 15, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Eakes Funeral home in Creedmoor, NC and will be officiated by Reverend Willis Herman.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Methodist Home for Children, 1041 Washington Street, Raleigh, NC 27605.


  • The Coggins Family Posted July 11, 2022 6:47 pm

    Sending prayers and love to all. To a wonderful woman who was loved by so many. You will be missed and loved for eternity. May you rest in peace with our beautiful savior Jesus Christ.

    Love, The Coggins Family

  • Janice Lyon Posted July 11, 2022 8:06 pm

    To the entire family, I am so sorry to hear of Betsy’s death. She and Jerry were so nice and loved by so many in Creedmoor. I remember when my husband, Otho, and the kids would go to Jerry’s Pizza to eat usually on Friday night it was oh so good!!! Never have I had lasagna and garlic bread that good. My son, Van, and I talk about their food very often and how great it was. We have surely missed them being in town. May she rest in peace. God bless you all!!

  • Harold Richard Posted July 11, 2022 8:26 pm

    What a beautiful lady she was. I have paintings hanging over our staircase. She has a sweet family. She will never be forgotten. My prayers are with each of you.

  • Faye Weaver Posted July 11, 2022 11:15 pm

    So sorry to hear of Betsy’s passing! She was such a loving and lovely lady! Always enjoyed dining in her restaurant! Our thoughts and prayers to all her family! RIP, Betsy!

  • Carolyn Neville Posted July 12, 2022 12:34 am

    Betsy was a gracious lady that was loved by many and she returned their love in great abundance.

    May God bless her family and give them comfort. Our family has wonderful memories of Jerry’s Pizza

    Buzz and Carolyn Neville

  • Lynwood F Hicks Posted July 12, 2022 2:12 am

    So sorry for your lose. I really enjoyed talking and being around your mother.

  • Bonnie Poe Posted July 12, 2022 2:12 am

    Thoughts and prayers to all of Mrs. Garrard’s family during this difficult time. She showered love onto so many and so many more loved her. Mother to many, stranger to none. RIP Ms. Garrard.

  • The Justesen’s Posted July 12, 2022 3:47 am

    Dennis, so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mom. Our thoughts and prayers to your entire family.

  • Dave and Toni Mota Posted July 12, 2022 10:33 am

    Dennis, I am glad to have known your mother, had a lot of good laughs and talks, she was such a warm person , God Bless you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Dr Steve Pierce Posted July 12, 2022 2:07 pm

    I am thankful for the opportunity I have had to walk for a little time with Aunt Betsy. I pray that she has found peace now. I pray for Jerry, Denise and Scooter that they would find the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4)

  • Bob and Shelley Suka Posted July 12, 2022 3:04 pm

    Jerry, Denise and Scooter

    Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.
    When we moved to this area over 30 years ago, Betsy went above and beyond to welcome us with open arms.
    She has always made us feel like family and had a big smile and hug when we would see her.
    May God wrap his arms around her and give her peace.

  • Roger Aiken Posted July 12, 2022 4:17 pm

    I’m sorry to hear of Betsy’s passing. She was such a giving lady. Words, at such a time, are difficult.

  • Karen Andrews Posted July 12, 2022 7:23 pm

    Denise my thoughts and prayers are with youand your family. May God strengthen you and your family for the coming days, weeks, months, and years to come.
    Cherish all the wonderul memories she left you with and hold them near to your heart. May you find solace in family and friends. during this difficult time.
    Love you Denise

  • Joy Grady Hardee Posted July 12, 2022 9:30 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Betsy’s passing. We loved going to Jerry’s Pizza and felt like part of the Garrard family. Phil and I also loved the time that we spent with Betsy in the Art classes at VGCC. She will truly be missed.

  • James Adams Posted July 14, 2022 2:32 pm

    I love you so much, Betsy and Jerry. You guys were a big part of my childhood and I appreciate all the love and compassion you showed me growing up. You guys are the best. Much love to Jerry, Dennis, Denise, Scooter, Grace and the whole family who have been blessed by Betsy’s legacy. Miss you guys and love you all.

  • Billy Squires Posted July 14, 2022 6:54 pm

    When our kids were small , we would come to Jerrys mostly on Friday nights . We would always see the same folks there , it was like a weekly family reunion . Betsy was always so kind to us , bringing out little balls of dough for the kids to play with . Big Robert would bounce the kids on his knees , giving us the opportunity to get a quick bite of pizza . I cherish those memories . We’ll miss you Betsy !

  • Leona Plesz Posted July 18, 2022 4:08 pm

    Bob and I are keeping your family in our prayers. The pictures are beautiful and she had a life. A donation has been made to: Methodist Home for Children, 1041 Washington Street, Raleigh, NC

    God Bless,
    Mr and Mrs Robert Plesz

    • Bob and Leona Plesz Posted July 18, 2022 4:11 pm

      She had a beautiful life.

  • Bob and Leona Plesz Posted July 18, 2022 4:09 pm

    Bob and I are keeping your family in our prayers. The pictures are beautiful and she had a life. A donation has been made to: Methodist Home for Children, 1041 Washington Street, Raleigh, NC

    God Bless,
    Mr and Mrs Robert Plesz

  • Brenda Brogden Posted July 26, 2022 12:45 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Betsy’s passing. She was such a warm and caring person. Jerry’s Pizza made the best of the best pizza, spaghetti, and lasagna. Betsy always made you feel welcome and had the sweetest smile. Amy and Scooter, I know you will miss her. May God wrap his loving arms around you during this time.

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