Obituary: Betty Loflin Hawthorne

Ms. Hawthorne, 84, of Winter Garden, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

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Betty Loflin Hawthorne died peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. A longtime resident of Winter Garden, Florida, Betty was born July 4, 1933 in Sarasota, Florida, the daughter of Acca Mitchell Loflin and Milton Hill Loflin. 

Betty graduated from Sarasota High School and attended The University of Florida and Florida Southern College. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi.

Betty was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Winter Garden, where she taught Sunday School and led Bible studies for many years. She worked as an administrator for Beall’s department stores.

Betty loved spending time with her family and enjoyed traveling with her husband, Bill.

She is survived by her daughter, Sara Geltz (Ted); and daughter-in-law, Jan; grandchildren, Tad Geltz (Erika), Mitchell Geltz (Ashlee), Adam Geltz (Amanda), Will Hawthorne (Aly), Laura Hawthorne and John Hawthorne. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Hadlee, Hardison, Aubrey, Pallen, Mattie, Miller and Heidi.

She is predeceased by her husband, William “Bill,” and her son, Claude. 

Graveside service to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Health Central Park, Attn. Administration, 411 N. Dillard St. Winter Garden, FL 34787.



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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