Sanders, Betty


On May 29, 2022, Betty Foy Sanders passed away peacefully comforted by the fact that she had been able to stay in her home during the last years of her remarkable life. Betty had suffered for many years from various ailments that were manageable thanks to her devoted daughter, Betty, and the many equally dedicated caregivers, who did their best to make her life as comfortable as possible.

Betty Foy Sanders’ life was in many ways a storybook, growing up on a family farm outside of Statesboro in a community called Adabelle. Growing up there, his playmates were mostly parents and farm workers. At 16, things changed when she lost her father, which eventually led to her mother and sister, Teresa, moving to Statesboro. Betty’s mother, Ida Teresa Foy, aka Doll Foy, was a strong and determined woman, who worked selling insurance and managing the family farm to support her two daughters. I might add that Moma Doll did a good job, given that few women at the time worked in what was traditionally a man’s world. Betty’s youth in Statesboro was what one would expect – participating in sports, pageants, and other similar activities that teenagers happily do.

After a brief stint in college in what is now Georgia Southern, Betty transferred to the University of Georgia, where she was promised the Tri Delta Sorority. It was there that she met her future husband of 67 years, Carl Sanders. Shortly after Carl graduated from law school, they married and had two children, Betty Foy and Carl Jr. Soon after, Carl became a budding young politician who eventually occupied the highest office in the state of Georgia, Governor Carl E. Sanders. . This journey for Betty Sanders was quite difficult and even frightening for a young woman, whose life had started in a small rural community of less than 100 people. Her husband Carl had been a USAF airman before law school, so it was only natural for him to campaign around the state piloting his own plane with an often frightened young woman. Betty’s life experiences had served her well, having the ability to relate to people of all stripes. She was just as comfortable entertaining presidents and royalty as she was chewing fat with farmers as she grew up.

Although Betty was wonderful in her role as the First Lady of Georgia, she was quite capable and, in reality, was riding no one else to make her mark in life. Betty graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Throughout his life, his central focus in his works, and those of other Georgians, was all about the state. From the hills of North Georgia to the shores of our coast, all were near and dear to his artistic mission. During her tenure, she was instrumental in establishing the Georgia Council for the Arts and led the committee responsible for designing, furnishing, and building the current Governor’s Mansion. Later in her life, she also became a major benefactor of Georgia Southern University. His favorite project, as you might expect, was to help the University improve its art school program. His mission was to give these students a first-class environment to hone their skills. His efforts were evidently recognized, and today The School of Art bears his name. After receiving this recognition, she redoubled her efforts to establish a Betty Foy Sanders Scholarship Fund and a Betty Foy Sanders Art Student Travel Fund to allow students to visit important artistic venues throughout the world. State and the Southeast. Her reward for supporting these students was the countless thank you letters she received on a regular basis. Previously, now 50 years ago, she established the Betty Foy Sanders Art Collection, representing many Georgian art forms and artists. Betty was indeed a remarkable multi-faceted lady, who loved her family dearly and cherished her roots until the day she died.

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His immediate family includes his sister, Teresa Brannen, his daughter and son-in-law, Betty and David Botts, and his deceased son, Austin Botts, his second son, Michael Botts, his daughter, Alyssa and her husband Seth Tomason. His son, Carl Sanders Jr, his daughter Caroline Hamburg, his daughter and son-in-law, Keaton and Taylor Martin, his son Carl Sanders III and 5 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank all those people who did their best to love her and make her as comfortable as possible. Our thanks to his long-time carers and family employees, Margie Simms, Joanne Duffey, Craig Phillips and Willie Derrico.

A private service at the cemetery will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Betty Foy Sanders Scholarship Fund at Georgia Southern University and/or the Art Student Travel Fund, Georgia Southern University Foundation, PO Box 1107 Statesboro, GA 30459 Attn. Jeff Garland.

It is with great honor that these arrangements are entrusted to HM Patterson & Son – Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319.

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