Born on November 3, 1937 in LaBelle, Florida
Departed September 10, 2022 in Palm Bay, Florida
On Saturday, September 10, Betty Coulter, beloved wife, mother, and mamaw passed away. She was eighty-four. Born November 3, 1937 to Marvin D. and Maime M. Alderman in LaBelle, Florida, she grew up in small towns throughout the state as her father pastored various churches. She graduated in 1955 from Jefferson High School in Hillsborough County and attended Lee University during the 1955-1956 school year. Upon returning from Lee, she moved to Melbourne, Florida with her parents to help them in their new role pastoring Melbourne Church of God. She remained in Melbourne and Palm Bay for the rest of her life.
Beginning in 1976, she worked at Hibiscus Daycare first as the kindergarten teacher and then as the director. She retired in 2000. Over the course of her 24 years at the daycare, she touched the lives of the children and workers who came through its doors. She was fondly remembered by many as creating a family atmosphere where kids were treated like they were her own.
She retired to the home in Palm Bay where she and her husband had lived since 1962. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, they opened up their home to friends and family as the gathering place. As many as fifty people would come together to sing, talk, pray, and fellowship with and for one another. Over the years, many individuals have recalled how impactful those times were for them.
She is survived by her husband, Gene, sons, David and Dale (Esther), and grandchildren Bella, Sophia, and Christian. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Lewis and Leland, sister, Nona, son, Duane, and daughter-in-law, Sherry.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee or Shriners Children’s Hospital Florida. There will be visitation for family and friends at 10:00 AM followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 AM on September 17th at Discover Life Church 3550 W Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32934.
Sis. Betty was a special person. She was an angel on earth and now heaven has her in it’s arms. We send all our love and prayers are with the Coulter family.
I met Ms. Betty when I came back the second time to work at Hibiscus Daycare. She was the kindest person I had ever met, And had the best hugs ever. I worked about 29 year’s with her. The homeless people would come and want money, and she would make them a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She was such a loving and giving person. My sons loved Ms. Betty. When I had my second son Tommy, he was born on Ms. Betty’s birthday, she would always say there’s my birthday present! Tommy loved it when she said that. She touched me and my family hearts. She will be forever missed. Rest in Peace my friend, we love you forever, and will never forget you.
My heart is broken from the loss of this lady. It would take all day to say all she has done for me and how much she impacted my life. Countless times she picked me up and dusted me off and put me back where I needed to be. I learned so much from Betty A Coulter. After working together for many yrs and being best friends for thirty five yrs she kinda rubbed off. Taught me to Love deep and always try to keep the peace. She was a true peace maker. She was probably the strongest person I have ever known. We definitely had our differences sometime haha. I am pretty sure the full bag of McDonald’s French fries she threw in my car one time that wherever it is now it stills has a few in it. Even through all out differences we remained the best of friends. She was there when my mother died and stepped right up to fill in. She did a wonderful job. Part of who I am is because of her. I Love You Betty Coulter. It’s not goodbye it is I will see you soon. 💕
My heart is broken from the loss of this lady. It would take all day to say all she has done for me and how much she impacted my life. Countless times she picked me up and dusted me off and put me back where I needed to be. I learned so much from Betty A Coulter. After working together for many yrs and being best friends for thirty five yrs she kinda rubbed off. Taught me to Love deep and always try to keep the peace. She was a true peace maker. She was probably the strongest person I have ever known. We definitely had our differences sometime haha. I am pretty sure the full bag of McDonald’s French fries she threw in my car one time that wherever it is now it stills has a few in it. Even though all out differences we remained the best of friends. She was there when my mother died and stepped right up to fill in. She did a wonderful job. Part of who I am is because of her. I Love You Betty Coulter. It’s not goodbye it is I will see you soon. 💕
The world lost a beautiful person who touched SO many lives over the years, but heaven gained a very special angel! Countless times over the decades, she was there for my family, as she was for so many families! Betty was a faithful and loving friend to my beloved sister, Deborah. Words cannot express my appreciation for her and how much she meant to all of us!
Was so very sad to hear of Miss Betty's passing. I know she touched so many life's, especially all the many children that came through Hibiscus Daycare.. All of the Hibiscus crew have many memories. I can't imagine the heartache of the family and close friends. I am keeping all in my prayers for our heavenly father to help them through this very tough journey. Special prayers for husband Gene that was with his sweet Miss Betty for so many years.❤️❤️🙏🙏
A part of me is gone. You helped shaped me and guide me for so long with love was so great and plentiful. In 60 years we never had a harsh word or argument ever. I strive every day to be more and more like you; Loving, Giving, Strong, Patient and Peacemaking. You showed us how much we need God and to praise him even through the bad times, and that is what we are doing now. You talked of heaven and its wonders and now you walk streets of gold and gates of Pearl. I know it was a homecoming on that afternoon. I can hear the words clearly spoken, "Well done my good and faithful servant". I love you now and forever and will see you one day when we will never say goodbye again. Love on everyone there for me, and tell them I'm coming home too one day when the Lord calls. All my love forever - PAM
My condolences I am so very sorry. If you knew Mrs. Betty you had a friend in her for life. She was a very special. So glad I got to see you when we came home for a visit wish we could of came back. Give Mom a big hug for me. Praying for you all.
Aunt Betty I love you and I will never forget you. You had my whole heart. You were the best thing to a nana that I will ever know. I'm sad without you. I'm heartbroken. You were a very very important person in my life and I'm sad that your gone. I love you Aunt Betty and I am going to make you proud I promise. Please watch over me. I will always be your precious.
“Miss Betty” was responsible for bringing all of us into a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I will forever see her standing behind that daycare counter with open arms ,smiling , waiting to talk with my daughter Mariah or hold my son Branigan. She was the sweetest and most caring soul I had ever encountered. To this day when I speak to anybody in need of advice, I can still hear the words that she would speak to me when I was just a 20 something struggling mom.
What A WONDERFUL example of a loving Christian she was !
Miss Betty , until we meet again ❤️
Our love and prayers to all the family. Betty was loved and appreciated so much. She was always encouraging and supportive. We will miss her so much.
Betty will be sorely missed by all. Betty was one of the sweetest and caring people you could ever know. Betty truly lived lived the life of Christ by always lifting others up when in need and loving your neighbor as you would want to be loved. I will surely miss you.
Aunt Betty you will be forever missed and forever loved. Thank you for showing me and my children so much love. Your such a amazing person and I'm so lucky my children and I got to know you. You helped show me and my children how a Godly woman is suppose to be and for that I will always hold you dear to me heart. I know your in Heaven with a new body and I know you are no longer hurting and in pain. We will see you again sweet Aunt Betty. Love you always and forever
Aunt Betty, you were a role model of Godliness. You will be missed.
Aunt Betty , I Love You and you were a very important mentor , Aunt and the most Loving person to my Daughter's that a parent could ever ask for ,, You will be forever Loved and missed !!❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏
I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my beautiful Aunt Betty you will always be 💜 You used to read me that story when I was a baby and I still hold that quote close to my heart! I miss you so much and I love you more life since day 1 when I was born! Please love on Nana for me and both of you please continue to watch over me and my family 💜 I love SO MUCH 🤗 Fly Free 💔
She was a caring n the sweetest lady I've ever known. God bless her n keep her.