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  Mary Elizabeth Glover


Mary Elizabeth GloverMary Elizabeth Glover, 85, of Lexington, VA., passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016.

Mrs. Glover, or Betty Ray as she was called, was born January 7, 1931, in Helena, Arkansas to William Douglas and Ruby Mae McCormick Martin. After her father passed away she and her mother moved to Stuttgart to live with her sister Helene Belgard and brother-in-law Harry Belgard. She was a graduate of Stuttgart High School and always spoke of her teachers there who instilled in her a thirst for knowledge and a hunger for adventure.

Her love of travel led her to become a flight attendant (aka airline stewardess) with American Airlines and her adventurous life, literally, took off. She found herself in Cuba during the early days of the Castro revolution; in Jamaica grounded in the face of a Cat 5 hurricane; and helping passengers negotiate an emergency evacuation in El Paso to escape an engine fire. 

Betty Ray Martin married Arthur C. Glover in 1958, and when Mr. Glover accepted the position of Director of the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria during the height of the cold war, she was right by his side. With a disarming smile and quick wit she adeptly juggled conversations and handshakes with prominent heads of states and liberal freethinkers, helping the Institute further democracy around the world. 

Betty is survived by her son John and daughters Priscilla and Daphne, and instilled her love of travel on to her children. As a family they visited the pyramids of Egypt; the ruins of Greece; the hills of Scotland; the peaks of Patagonia; and the hamlets of Germany, France, Holland and Austria.  

Betty also leaves behind six loving grandchildren, Sophie, Everett, Grace, Camille, Toby and Clementine.  

The boundless adventures and myriad of cultures Betty experienced whetted her quest for knowledge. She attended the University of Arkansas and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. Later, she worked for the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. And at the ripe young age of 65, she graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA degree. It was one of her crowning achievements, topping a life lived to the fullest. 

She retired to Lexington, VA, where she quickly endeared herself to the community, and where she dedicated her time and energy to combat rural illiteracy. She loved tutoring and mentoring boys and girls with the hope of passing on her own passion for knowledge onto eager young minds.  

Sadly, Betty was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2013. This devastating disease slowly robbed her of her memory, personality, physical abilities and ultimately her life. 

Besides her parents, Betty was preceded in death by sisters Helene Belgard, of Stuttgart, Arkansas, Margaret Munnell of Dallas, Texas and Dudley Martin of Helena, Arkansas. 

The family will gather in Arkansas for graveside services 10:30 a.m  Saturday morning at Lone Tree Cemetery by Turpin Funeral Home of Stuttgart.

Please go to www.turpin-co.com to sign the online guestbook. Leave a note of how you met Betty and how your life was forever impacted.

"Gifts in Betty’s name and in honor of her life may be directed to the Youth Literacy Program at Rockbridge Regional Library.  Contact Susan Bushnell at 540-463-4322, ext. 105, or by email at sbushnell@rrlib.net.
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