January 21, 2021

Butter and Cream: Denise’s Tribute To Our Departed Friend and Mentor, Betty Hasty

This morning our school community lost one of its most loved and influential members, Mrs. Betty Hasty. For 21 years she’s been my personal accountability group. No one on the planet has more to do with my passion for the Gospel in the place where I serve than Betty. She was the person responsible for Denise and I coming to where we now serve almost 17 years ago.

I never knew a person more ready to go to heaven. I feel guilty missing her. Really, for Betty this was everything she’s lived for and dedicated every waking moment to. She’d done all she could do in this world. Her heart was through and she was more than ready to see Jesus. This morning at 7:30 a.m., she got her wish.

I don’t know if I will be writing about her for a while. She’d not like what I’d have to say, because it would be too much about her.

So Denise, the better writer in the family, has written a beautiful tribute at her blog: Butter and Cream. Please read it and think of our friend. (BTW, the rainbow pics are on my facebook page.)

READ: Butter and Cream.


  1. I am sorry for the loss of someone who had a simple impact on your life. Denise’s tribute was a joy to read and its imagery gave me a chance to picture what she was like. We all need a person, a mentor like that in our life to help us keep perspective.

    Thank you for sharing…

  2. Thanks for linking to your wife’s blog. I remember Miss Betty from my time working with you all down in KY.

    I know that she will be sorely missed. God bless you all down there in S.E. KY.


  3. It must have a real joy to know this woman. I’m sorry for the hole her passing will leave in your lives; friends like her don’t come along every day.

    John 16:22

  4. This is exactly how I feel abotu my godly mother. She is nearly 84 and feels ready to be with Christ. Will I miss her? Yes. Will I feel sorry for her that she is no longer here with me? Not on your life!

    I also have a friend with terminal aggressice cance. She has declined all treatments. She says there is no reason to try and proling her journey here when all she has wanted is a final breath away.

    What a marvellous hope we all share! What an amazing Christ legacy…victory over death…no longer the final word it becomes the believers stepping stone into the presence of the one we spend our days longing for.

  5. MAJ Rowe says


    The server over here will not let me get to Denise’s blog. Will you ask her to send to me at both the patrick.l.rowe@iraq.centcom.mil and patrick.l.rowe@us.army.mil


    Congratulations on Clay’s marriage. I sent him a note.

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