Aug 29 2016
Betty Louise Corren Gentison, 83, went to be with the Lord Saturday, August 27, 2016. She was born June 11, 1933 in Jacksonville, FL to the late Ezekiel & Edith Corren. Betty was a graduate of Andrew Jackson Senior High School class of 1951 and was predeceased by her siblings, William “Bobby” Corren, Margaret Thompson, Edgar Corren; brother-in-law, Curtis Thompson; father and mother-in-law, Ralph Joseph and Theresa Gentison. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Joseph; son, Ralph Gentison (Gina); daughter, Edythe Romedy (Bryan); grandchildren, Jennifer Cain (Curtis), Brandon Romedy; great grandchildren, Kaleigh, Nevaeh, CariDee, Bryanna, Lauren Grace; sister-in-law, June Ann Corren of Scottsboro, AL; cherished friends, Terri Knowles, Fran Allen; nieces, Connie Brown, Mary Gilmore (Joe), Beatrice Cowart (Steve), Terri Parramore (Mike), Barbara Cato; nephew, Stephen Corren; great nieces, great-great nieces, great nephews, great-great nephews; numerous other family and many wonderful friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 1 at 10am at Highlands Baptist Church, where she was a member, 2159 Broward Road 32218, with Dr. Art Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-8pm at Cedar Bay Funeral Home, 405 New Berlin Rd 32218, 714-1110. If you would like to honor Betty’s legacy, please either send flowers or make a donation to Highlands Baptist Church-Community Outreach, in order to increase God’s kingdom or to the Northeast Community Hospice – Nassau Team location. Heaven gained an earthly saint as Betty took the final step from this life into eternity and went running home to paradise to be with our Lord Jesus Christ. She succumbed to a short illness but exceeded all expectations as her determined, strong-willed spirit kept her fighting for 6 1/2 months. She will be missed by all who knew her as she had a way of leaving an indelible stamp on one’s heart. Devoted and protective of her family, she wore her many titles of wife, mother, daughter, “Aunt Igee or Weegee”, daughter-in-law and friend as a badge of honor. Her zest for life and the love of her family drove her to be active in many organizations through-out her life: Morocco Shrine wife, Past Matron of the Brentwood Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile and Past Mother Advisor of the Brentwood Rainbow #118 and devoted member to her Sunday School class and church home at Highlands Baptist Church. She was able to go to Sunday School, one last time, 4 weeks ago, which made her immensely happy. She never saw an obstacle, only an opportunity and passed on that grit and determination to all who were fortunate to have her in their lives. August 28 was Betty and Joe’s 63rd wedding anniversary and she fulfilled her wedding vows as a Proverbs 31 woman, with beauty, grace and an example that only a few could come close to matching. She often said of Joe, “He’s one in a million and I got him”. The love of her family was second, only to that, for her love of Jesus Christ, her Savior and Lord. Betty retired, as office manager, from the Prudential Insurance Company – Riverside office, in 1988 after 38 years of service. She was a savvy business woman and applied those principles to her personal life. She could sniff out a bargain most anywhere and took great delight in all of her bargain finds. The family wishes to thank the out pouring of love, prayer and kindnesses during the past 6 1/2 months. Each and every phone call, visit, prayer and dinner were accepted humbly as we saw the beauty of God’s love for us extended time and time again. Love and blessings are extended to Terri Knowles, who was right by Betty’s side and supported the family with her tireless love and endless help during this difficult time. Northeast Community Hospice – Nassau team, especially her nurse, Tracy Terry, will forever hold a special place in our hearts. The care and compassion shown during this difficult journey has been with love, grace and dignity. While us who remain here to complete our own journey have a permanent hole in our hearts, Betty recently said “Please don’t be sad, we will only be separated for a moment in time”. Standing on the promise of our Lord Jesus Christ and Betty’s comforting words, please join us for her Home-going celebration listed above.