Betty Christian - 80
June 17, 2022
Betty Lou Whitfield Christian passed from this life on June 17, 2022, after a brief illness. Born in Milton on December 3, 1941, to Troy and Maggie Dell Whitfield, Betty was a lifelong resident of Santa Rosa County, growing up in the Berrydale community and residing in Milton at the time of her death. Betty married Ben T. Christian on January 26, 1978, and thereafter spent most of her life in Bagdad, where she and Ben raised their daughter, Kelly, while also nurturing and keeping a watching eye over Kelly's close friends - all of whom still consider Betty a mother figure and friend. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and sister, Nellie Jean Carter. Betty's survivors include her daughter, Kelly (Erik) Coates; six grandchildren, Brenton, Trey, Alaina, Dalton, Kaitlynn (Darrell), and Jill; four great-grandchildren, Bayley, Magnolia, Daniel, and Anthony; sister, Barbara Ann Concepcion; sister-in-law, Jewel Christian; as well as countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Betty was a homemaker and Sunday School teacher, but most importantly was an extraordinary mother, wonderful grandmother, and faithful family member and friend. She was a member of Faith Chapel Assembly of God and honorary member of Bush Street Living Word of Faith. It is said a person's life is measured by the effect they have on others. In her 80 years on this earth, Betty lovingly touched countless lives whether they knew her for many years or only for a short time. Her ability to love unconditionally was as genuine as her strong and unwavering Christian faith. Even in death, Betty's love for her family and friends is still very much present and will live within every single person she touched in this life until the last of us joins her again. Whenever we see a butterfly, we will smile and think of Betty, knowing her love for us is so strong that it transcends heaven and earth to remind us that we are loved and that she, like the butterflies she adored, is reborn and waiting for us. Betty's family would like to thank STAT Home Health, Beacon Medical, and the caring doctors and nurses at West Florida Hospital.