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.