Betty Short

Monday 25th of January 1937 - Saturday 10th of October 2020

Betty Short


Graveside Service

Oct 17, 2020 (10:00 am )

Lexington Cemetery

833 W. Main, Lexington, KY

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Betty Honaker Short, age 83, died at Bluegrass Hospice Care on October 10, 2020.  Born in Lexington, Ky on January 25, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Ollie S. Honaker and Eva Lee Featherston Honaker and widow of the late Dudley Lovell Short.  She graduated from University High School in 1955, and attended college at Transylvania University.  

A native Kentuckian, she retired from the medical records department at Polk Dalton Clinic in June of 2012.  She was actively involved with the Child Development Center, Special Olympics, and was a staunch supporter of persons with disabilities; first and foremost for her disabled son and avid UK sports fan, John Short.  She was a gifted athlete winning many club golf tournaments and a talented equestrienne winning numerous championships at Saddlebred horse shows in Kentucky, Florida, and New York.  Further she was an avid vegetable gardener, she did exquisite and intricate needlepoint work, was an avid reader, and loved to fix southern meals for family and friends.  

Betty is survived by 2 children, Frances Sayre Short of Lexington, John Porteous Short of Lexington, and predeceased by her son, the late Dudley Lovell Short, Jr of Lexington.  One sister, Dorothy Honaker of Lexington, two sisters in law, Wilhelmina (Short) Wood (Taos, New Mexico), and Julie (Short) Rinaldini  (Old Westbury, New York) and nieces and nephews.  

A graveside service will be observed at the Lexington Cemetery on Saturday, October 17th at 10 AM.   In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Lexington Humane Society.

Guest Book

Julanie Collier Lee


Dear Frances, Thinking about you and John during this sad time. We had wonderful times out on your farm- Alice and the Alicettes, Toby, Monty Python on the b/w TV. But your Mom taught me how to make Southern Fried potatoes in cast iron skillets! I always think of her while making them. Blessings of peace and comfort. Mom sends her deepest sympathies too. Julanie

2 weeks ago

Sarah Robinson Cowden


Frances- So sorry to hear about your mother. I have so many fond childhood memories of her with us on your farm, in the car, etc... My love and sympathy to you and John.

2 weeks ago