Betty Ann Poe
Wednesday 15th of August 1934 - Monday 12th of October 2020
Betty Anne (Ewen) Poe, 86, passed away peacefully Oct. 12, 2020 in Powell, Tennessee. Betty was the loving wife of Jerry Poe who preceded her in passing. She was the amazing mother of two sons, Jerry Poe and wife Susan, and Chris Poe and wife Anaima. She adored her three grandchildren, Amber Renee Poe, Alissa Poe, and Marcos Vela.
Betty was born in Lothair, Kentucky, to the late Grace (Bingham) Ewen and Forrest Ewen in 1934. Betty was the second of four siblings and was preceded in passing by her older sister Kitty Ewen Pitakos and youngest brother George Ewen. She is survived by her younger brother Bingham Ewen and his wife Perscillia.
She graduated from Hazard High School and went on to earn her bachelors from Morehead State University in Art and Education with a major in music. Betty was a life-long lover of learning and taught students in numerous states, beginning in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a physical education teacher. She and her husband moved with his work as an electrical contract engineer for the government and she taught in schools throughout the country. She had an infectious laugh and sweet southern accent that just made you smile.
Betty raised her kids in LaFollette, Tennessee where she became a reluctant Tennessee fan while deep down inside secretly rooting for her home state UK Wildcats.
Betty lived an amazing life moving from Lothair to Hazard to Lexington and then to many states including Alaska where she and Jerry were married, the Dakotas, New York, Louisiana and others. In every state she would set up a home for her family and find a job as a teacher until the next assignment led them on a new adventure.
Betty was born for adventure so it was no surprise to her friends when she told her father she was moving to Michigan for her first teaching job. He was shocked she would move so far away....a whole state in between Kentucky and Michigan!
She loved piglets and despised chipmunks. No. Really. DESPISED THEM. One of her great delights was to assassinate chipmunks in her garden with her super modified high powered BB rifle with night scope, grenade rails, and 10,000 round magazine firing full auto at 1,500fps. Those chipmunks had no chance.
She was legendary for her fantastic chicken (or was it chipmunk) and dumplings which will be sorely missed at all family gatherings.
Betty is not resting in peace...no...she is celebrating with Jesus and so many loved ones in Heaven. We celebrate her life and her passion and her love.
Services will be held Monday, October 19 from 9:30am - 11:30am at Milward Funeral Directors, 391 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 40503.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Troy and Kelly Clarksays
We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Deepest sympathies..
Melissa and Steve Hardinsays
Love you guys dearly. Gonna miss this sweet woman's laugh and smile. She was very very special. I will send our donation but we talked about driving up and then right back, but not so sure Steve is up to it. Sending all our love and hoping we can all get together soon....love my cousins
All of our love and sympathy. You boys were the light of her life and she was so very proud of you. Betty was a blessing to the family. ❤️