Betty Lou Lee



Betty Lou Lee, 84, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Saturday June 30, 2018 at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. She was born on January 3, 1934 in Charleston, West Virginia to the late Harry Robert Myers, Sr. and Eula Virginia Cooper Myers.

Along with her parents, Betty is preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Franklin Smark; her second husband of 20 years, Jim Edward Lee; and her sister, Patsy Ann Ratliff (Elbert).

Betty Lou dedicated her heart and soul to to her family. She was never seen without a smile on her face with her hair done to perfection. Betty enjoyed anything that sparkled and collected angel figurines. Ever the sentimentalist, she kept birthday cards, displayed numerous pictures of family and friends around her house. Betty also loved to entertain and could never cook a meal for just one person. She made it a point to always make her famous salsa, banana cream pie or her grandson’s favorite, chicken and dumplin’s, especially around the holidays. In her free time, Betty loved to be in her garden and never missed watching her beloved Dallas Cowboys and Ohio State Buckeyes. She recently moved to Surfside Beach, South Carolina from Midlothian, Virginia. She was proud to say she had been on over 20 cruises in her time.

Left to cherish Betty Lou’s memory are her children, Michael Allen Smark (Peg) of Columbus, Ohio, Diane Sue van Gumster of Surfside Beach, South Carolina, Danny Franklin Smark (Peggy) of Hilliard, Ohio, Toni Kay Fredricks (Mike) of Aylesford, Nova Scotia, Canada and Steven Lynn Smark (Margaret) of Sierra Vista, Arizona; her beloved grandchildren, Jason van Gumster (Heather) of Atlanta, Georgia, Byron van Gumster (Gloria) of Greenville, North Carolina, Joseph Billingham of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Christopher Billingham of Indiana, Jessica Billignham (Jeremy) of Aylesford, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Dana Smark of Houston, Texas; her adoring great-grandchildren, Ender, Zane, Luke (Morgan), Daniel, Riley, Natalie, Kenzie, Ryleigh, Sydney, Logan, Lexi and Abigail; her brother, Harry R. Myers, Jr., and his late wife, Linda of Surfside Beach, South Carolina; her sisters, Susie Oxley (Don) of Brooksville, Florida and Kay Jones (David) of Columbus, Ohio; as well as many nieces, nephews, a large, loving family and close friends.

A Celebration of Betty Lou’s life will be held on Thursday July 5, 2018 at Burroughs Funeral Home, 3558 Old Kings Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 between the hours of 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local chapter for Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843-651-1440) is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements