Betty Jean Lively

February 17, 1932 - June 10, 2009

02/17/1932 - 06/10/2009

Past Services

Saturday June 13, 2009
2:00 pm
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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.

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Gerri Watkins
8 years ago

Susan, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Though I know you will miss your mother, she has waited a long time to see your daddy again. She is now free from pain and the trials of earth. Never again will she shed a tear, have a heartache, or have to fight a battle with cancer. She has met her Savior and is strolling over heaven with your daddy. God bless you all. Gerri

Russ Miller
8 years ago


The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jack Gallagher
8 years ago

Sue I just found out about your Mothers passing, we will keep you and you family in our prayers.

Bill & Judy Case
8 years ago

Susan and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

Bill & Judy Case

Pam Reese Pruett
8 years ago


I have just learned of your mother’s passing. I remember her as such a sweet and pretty lady. My condolences and prayers are with you and your family.

Jewell Edney Ramos
8 years ago

My love and sympathy to all the family.

Herbert and Shirley Martin
8 years ago

We are with you’re in our hearts and prayers. We do know Betty is now in a better place in our Masters arms. Our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Herbert and Shirley

Sharon & Tommy King
8 years ago

JUDI,SUSAN & FAMILY, So sorry to hear about the loss of your MOTHER. She was a very sweet lady and I Know that you will miss her so much.Cherish all the good times that you had as a family.May the LORD comfort you in the days to come.

Becky Nicholson
8 years ago

Susan just wanted to let you know how sorry we were to hear about your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family.

Becky & Jerry Nicholson

Sophia Gass
8 years ago

Dearest Susan and family,

I am so sorry to read of your mom passing. I know that she is resting in the arms of her dear Savior. I will be praying for you and I am here if you need me for anything!!!!