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Remembering a local icon: Betty DuBois passes away

 
 
REMEMBERING BETTY: The Miami Springs community lost one of its local legends last week when Betty DuBois, pictured with husband Bob, passed away after a long illness. Her service to the area has been ongoing for more than 40 years and she will be missed by her many friends. Services for DuBois were scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at Poinciana United Methodist Church, 300 N. Royal Poinciana Blvd.
REMEMBERING BETTY: The Miami Springs community lost one of its local legends last week when Betty DuBois, pictured with husband Bob, passed away after a long illness. Her service to the area has been ongoing for more than 40 years and she will be missed by her many friends. Services for DuBois were scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at Poinciana United Methodist Church, 300 N. Royal Poinciana Blvd.
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River Cities Gazette

Miami Springs lost an icon in the community when Betty DuBois passed away on Oct. 29. She will be sorely missed and a memorial service in her honor will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m at Poinciana Methodist Church, 300 N. Royal Poinciana Blvd. Paul Stokes, a longtime friend and fellow church member with Betty DuBois, submitted the following:

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We often think of servants as getting the worse part of the bargain. After all, this world teaches us that relationships are simply bundles of bargains that we make with one another. And the one getting the better part of the bargain is the one who is served, not the one who is serving. No so with Betty DuBois.

Today, we honor a servant who always rejected the notion that you don’t give more than you get, a person who does not believe that your primary purpose is to take hold of what is owing you and keep it. Instead, Betty lived a life of service. She gave, and she gave way more than she ever got. We have been her beneficiaries; she served our children, our church and our community for decades. In this respect, she was the very mind of Christ, and we are here to honor and thank her — for she had a servant’s heart.

Betty came to South Florida more than 60 years ago from a small town near State College, Pa., known as Philipsburg. She grew up there in the Episcopal Church, in a family of five daughters, and went to Sunday school every week. But when she grew up, she came to Florida because that town was a bit too small and the winters much too cold.

Some of you, who have been observers of Betty, as I have been for more than 35 years, may have wondered whether Betty had a military background and it’s not because of her American Legion Auxiliary, where she served as its president. Often, as I saw her march the children into and then out of our worship service, I was reminded of George Scott in the movie “Patton.” As it turns out, Betty lived with a lady who was major in the Salvation Army and that association was one of the keys to Betty’s servant personality.

Betty’s working career was largely in banking where she sat at a big desk up front and told people where to go. Being in a position to tell people where to go may be another key to Betty’s personality! 

After she left her full-time job, Betty had the flexibility to get busy in the community, and busy she got. Just to name a few of her points of service: the Miami Springs Kiwanis Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Fair Havens Foundation, Salvation Army, River Cities (Springs River) Festival, Springs 75th Anniversary Committee, Lions Club, Spotlight Club, and as a diligent poll worker.

Of course, we knew Betty best as a servant of the church. She may have left us here on earth but her servant spirit lives on in all of us. Well done, my good and faithful servant, well done, Betty, and goodbye for now!

 

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