Betty Martin Lively, 77, loving mother and grandmother, left her earthly body to reunite with her family in Heaven, on June 10, 2009, after a long illness. Born in Hoboken, Georgia, she spent most of her life in Henderson County. She was the daughter of the late John Z. and Ruby Lee Martin.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Lively, two infant sons, Charles John Lively and Charles H. (Chuckie) Lively, Jr., a still-born daughter, her daughter, Kristi Lively, who died January 21, 1974, and her brother, Truman Martin.
Survivors include her two daughters, Susan Lively Neal of Hendersonville and Judi Lively Curd, of Muskegon, Michigan; her grandchildren who were her pride and joy, Scott Neal and his wife, Brandy of Hendersonville, Jeremy Neal and his wife, Amber of Hendersonville; Jenni Shipman Flatman and her husband, Brian of Muskegon, Michigan; and Larry Kenneth Shipman, Jr., of Chicago, Illinois; her five great-grandchildren whose presence brought such joy to her, Madison Flatman of Muskegon, Michigan, Sydney Cain, Jayden Neal, Christopher Neal, and Caleb Neal of Hendersonville; her son-in-law, David Neal and his wife, Martha of Hendersonville; one brother, Herbert Martin and his wife, Shirley, of Ft. Pierce, Florida, two sisters, Mary Jo Martin Cable and Lorraine Martin Silvey, both of Hendersonville; two sisters-in-law, Rosie Mills Martin and Katherine Martin, both of Hendersonville; her aunt, Grace Lee Vaughn, of Hendersonville, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, with the Rev. Jerry Lively officiating. The family will be at the home of her daughter at 323 W. Prince Road in Hendersonville.