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Originally published: 2012-10-22 16:11:36
Last modified: 2012-10-22 16:11:36

Bette Oakman Hodson

Bette Oakman Hodson, 83, of Boone, passed away Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, with all of her children by her side at her home.

Mrs. Hodson raised her family in Homestead, Florida. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Homestead, where she was a Sunday school teacher. Bette volunteered for many years with the Girl Scouts of America in the Miami district. She loved to go camping. Bette was very involved with the Garden Club, Bridge Club, and the Women's Club of Homestead.

After her husband Tom passed away in 1976, she moved to Boone. She was a prominant member at Boone United Methodist Church, where she participated in Circle Five, the Joy Group, and taught Sunday school. Bette became a member of the Red Hat Society and continued to play bridge. Bette will be missed by her family and many wonderful friends.

Mrs. Hodson is survived by three daughters, Irene H. Kerr and husband, John, of Aurora, Colo., Leasa H. Cooper and husband, Robert, of East Bend, and Katrina H. Courtney and husband, Preston, of Orlando, Fla.; one son, Sherwood Hodson and wife, Jayne, of Blowing Rock; two sisters, Katie Sterba of Tampa, Fla., and June Thomas and husband, Claude, of Charleston, S.C.; and two sisters-in-law, Jannas Harrington of Gainesville, Fla., and Betty Bennett of South Carolina. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Sherwood Hodson III; her father and mother, Lee and Annie Mae Sims Oakman; and one brother, Sims Oakman.

Funeral services for Bette Oakman Hodson will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Boone United Methodist Church. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Marianne Romanat and Dr. George Naff. Burial will be in Miami Memorial Park in Miami, Florida.

The family will receive friends 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to High Country Health Care System/Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 100-B, Boone, N.C. 28607, or online at

Online condolences may be sent to the Hodson family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.