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
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
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