After a lengthy illness, early on Saturday morning November 5, 2022, at the age of 73, Betty received her angel wings and was called to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. She passed peacefully at home with her loving husband and family by her side.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel with Chaplin Dave Bolin officiating and burial to follow at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Betty was a unique multi-talented individual. She grew up near Bessemer attending McAdory High School where she was the 1967 head cheerleader. Her professional career included work as a Purchasing Associate for Jim Walter Resources and Sales Rep for Carmet Corporation where she was publicly recognized as the first woman to hold such a position in the mining industry. Her later career and the position for which she is probably most remembered was Appliance Sales Marketing Representative for Alabama Power Company.

Betty had a special flair for creating astonishingly beautiful decorations at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays. Some of her unique talents included immensely ornate cakes, pies, and other desserts that could have easily graced the cover of any magazine and were so beautiful that no one wanted to be the person to make the first cut and take the first bite. Her kindness was freely shared by her taking the extra step to do the little things that made others feel special.

Betty was preceded in death by her mother, Elsie Collum; father, David Collum; brother, Kenneth Collum, and sister Sherry Collum.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, J. Joe Butts; brother, Wayne Collum (Leigh); stepson Michael Butts (Shana), special nephews Dave & Scott Collum, grandchildren Holley Kelley (Dillon) & Steven Dover, plus a host of great-grandchildren, great nieces, & great-nephews.

In lieu of plants or flowers the family requests you consider a donation to Children’s Hospital of Alabama or the West Alabama Regional Area on Aging.

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