She was born Dec. 25, 1924, in Williston, Fla., and was the daughter of the late Bert H. and Charlotte S. Roper.
She was a graduate of Sullins University, in Virginia, and Peabody University, in Nashville. She was a member of the Lions Club Ladies Auxiliary of Winter Garden, before becoming a member of the Lions Club for a cumulative total of 60 years. She was active with the Junior Service League for many years and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Dallas Duppenthaler; sons, Ed (Mary) Duppenthaler and Don (Jackie) Duppenthaler; and daughters, Jane (Donnie) Aycock, Ann (Phil) Cross, Dale (Bruce) Mckee and Diane (Richard Lallos) Duppenthaler.
She was an amazing mother to six children and grandmother (Mema) to 15 grandchildren and spouses; 23 great-grandchildren and spouses; and one great-great-grandchild. She was known as Mema to everyone and will be missed by all.
She is predeceased by her twin brother, Booker Roper; brother, Joe Colding; and sister, Myrtle Ann Otto.
Their love story began at a wedding of friends. After seeing Dallas, she changed his place card, so he sat next to her. Betty always said he didn’t know his goose was cooked, as it was love at first sight for both of them.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Winter Garden Lions Club, Winter Garden First United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.
A visitation was held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the First United Methodist Church in Winter Garden. Funeral services were held immediately following. Burial followed at Woodlawn Memorial Park, in Gotha.
Condolences may be offered at woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com.