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Betty Wiley Morton

October 9, 1928 January 28, 2019
Betty Wiley Morton
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Obituary for Betty Wiley Morton

Betty Brown Wiley Morton died January 28, 2019 at the age of 90. She was born on October 9, 1928 in Bristol, Virginia to Dr. William Scarff Wiley and Susan Elizabeth Brown Wiley.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers William Scarff Wiley, Jr., George Emerson Wiley, and Ewing Brown Wiley. 

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, William Peyton Morton, Sr., and her five children, William Peyton Morton, Jr. of Hazard, KY, Frances Ewing Morton (Ralph Dunlop) of Louisville, KY, Susan Morton Boyd (Jeff) of Mayfield, KY, Wade Wiley Morton (Shannon) of Hazard, KY, and Allan McGavock Morton (Romana) of Jackson, Wyoming. Surviving grandchildren are James Whitney Ray (Portland, OR), Catherine Read (Charlotte, NC), William Gordon Dunlop (Washington, DC), Taylor Ewing Dunlop (Louisville, KY), Susan Emerson Hamilton (Knoxville, TN), Natalie Vahle Morton (Hazard, KY), and one great-grandson Robert Wiley Hamilton (Knoxville, TN).

Betty attended Sullivan College in Bristol, VA and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a teaching degree and a double major in Biology and Physical Education. She married Bill Morton three months after college graduation and began married life in Versailles, KY. The Korean War took them to Ballston Spa, NY for a short stint when Bill was recalled to active duty in the Air Force. This move was followed by a return to Kentucky and to Bill’s home town of Hazard where they made their home for the duration of their long marriage.

Betty has gently left her mark in myriad ways on this small town and upon the many people whose paths have had the good fortune to cross with hers. She was actively involved in her community. She taught at Hazard High School, was a member of the Rotary Club, served on the Ethics Committee of ARH, and the Red Cross board to name a few. 

She was a long time member of the 1st Presbyterian Church. She turned her faith into action giving countless hours of service within and outside the walls of the church. She had a kind, generous and compassionate spirit.

Her family was the center of her life and she the center of theirs. To her five children and spouse she provided unfailing and unconditional love.

She had a reverence for the natural world and delighted in its beauty and wonder.

Betty was a wonderful mother and spouse, a faithful servant to her god and a friend to many. She will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be from 1-3 PM Sunday at Maggard's Mtn. View Chapel
Memorial Service at 3PM Sunday at Maggard's Mtn. View Chapel with Rev. Ellen Peach officiating

In lieu of flowers family request donation to be made to First Presbyterian Church or Greg & Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center

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