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Mrs.  Dora Elizabeth "Betty" Garrou

Mrs. Dora Elizabeth "Betty" Garrou
  • December 24, 1919 - September 27, 2018
  • Morganton, North Carolina

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“Betty was a beautiful lady who i enjoyed having the opportunity to work with. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Rosemary Gallegos - Morganton, NC

“I am so very sorry to hear of Betty's passing. She was a good friend of the Brady family Betty led a wonderful life and was such a good person. I am...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: JoJo Brady - Greensboro, NC

“Betty was a wonderful lady, I enjoyed getting to take care of her for the short amount of time I did. She will be missed. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Ryann Gallegos - Morganton, NC

“We send our condolences to the family of Mrs.Garrou, she was a wonderful lady inside and out. She will be forever missed ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Turning Point Services - NC


Dora Elizabeth ("Betty") Bowles Garrou died on September 27, 2018 at her home in Grace Ridge Retirement Community in Morganton, N.C. Betty was born on December 24, 1919 in Hickory, N.C to Hilton and Sadie Whitener Bowles. Her brother, Robert, predeceased her. She is survived by her husband of 79 years, Louis, by her children John (Linda) Garrou of Winston- Salem, N.C, Elizabeth (James) Furr of Valdese, N.C. and Albert (June) Garrou of Thomasville, N.C; by two grandchildren, Eleanor (Cliff) Rubin of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y and Margaret (John Fitzgibbon) Garrou of San Francisco, CA and by four great grandchildren, Charlotte Margaret Rubin, Griffin Garrou Rubin, Liam Henry Garrou Fitzgibbon and Emmett Oliver Fitzgibbon. Her life embodied the advice she often gave her young grandchildren: "never color within the lines!" Betty attended public schools in Hickory and graduated from Lenoir Rhyne College. When she married Louis on September 16, 1939 she became an important and welcome addition to a large and lively clan. After the birth of their first child in 1943, she was left to make the best of her time as a war wife. The end of the war and Louis' return meant devotion to her family of three children, her husband's career and her interest and devotion to art, church and community.From her earliest childhood, Betty loved to draw and paint.As her children grew to adulthood and marriage, Betty turned increasingly to studying,practicing and teaching painting and drawing. She studied with some of the finest western North Carolina artists, including Bill Dunlap, Warren Dennis, Phillip Moose and John Brady. She received a second B.A., in Art, from Appalachian State University in 1976. Betty participated in many exhibits throughout the region, taught at Western Piedmont Community College,conducted many art classes and was a part of many one and two person shows at the Jailhouse Gallery, the Hickory Museum and in Blowing Rock, Boone, Statesville, North Wilkesboro, Greensboro and the Rock School Galleries in Valdese. As recently as July, 2018, she was awarded prizes at a regional show at the Rock School Galleries. Her paintings from the permanent collection of the Hickory Museum of Art were included in the museum's recent Woman Made exhibition. Betty was a charter member and president of the Rock School Arts Foundation and was a Board member and member of the Acquisitions Committee of the Hickory Museum. She wrote and illustrated a book of poems for her great grandchildren. She was a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church of Valdese where she served in many capacities, including President of the Women of the Church. She was awarded by the Presbyterian Women an honorary life membership.Betty's interests were broad and deep; she and Louis traveled widely, especially in Europe,both for pleasure with friends and for his business. She was a gourmet cook at a time when such skills were uncommon in small towns in the south, a horticulturist and accomplished flower arranger, and even, in later years, a mystery novelist. She was "a woman of accomplishment."A memorial service will be held at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, 109 Main Street East,Valdese, N.C. at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018 with a reception to follow at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rock School Arts Foundation, P.O. Box 837, Valdese, N. C. 28690 or to the Waldensian Presbyterian Community Assistance Ministry at 109 East Main St. Valdese, NC 28690.