Life’s Reflections: Betty White is gone But Not Her Legacy

Life's Reflections: Linda Moody's Weekly Column

The year 2021 ended another era for me personally when we got news of entertainer Betty White’s death on the last day of the year.

Why, you ask? Betty reminded me so much of my mother, Bea Moody, with her looks and her sense or humor, especially in the last couple of decades when they both had the same hair color.

I don’t know if any of my other three siblings share these thoughts, but it has occurred to me for quite some time now.

Just like actor Carroll O’Connor reminded me of Dad (Lee Jr. Moody)…not so much as when he portrayed Archie Bunker but as Chief Bill Gillespie on “In The Heat of the Night.” Dad could sometimes act like Archie but he was more like Chief Gillespie, in my opinion.

Now, I’ll never be able to see any of these four again in this life, but I have wonderful memories especially of my parents, whereas I can always see Betty and Carroll on TV reruns of their respective shows if I decide to and if those reruns will be available.

Dad was born Sept. 21, 1926, and died July 20, 2016, and Carroll O’Connor was born Aug. 2, 1924, and died June 21, 2001. Mom was born Dec. 27, 1927, and died Sept. 25, 2019, while Betty was born Jan. 17, 1922, and died New Year’s Eve 2021, just 17 days shy of her 100th birthday.

Mom could do anything….cook good food, can and preserve the produce from her gardens and even butchered chickens to put food on the table. She cleaned, sewed, created many things with wood, including closets and shelves; wrapped the prettiest gifts; and offered good advice, because she was wise. Besides working inside the house, she loved to mow the lawn and played games with us kids, whether in be indoors or outside.

Dad didn’t do that much with us but he was usually around as a spectator while we were doing activities. but he was a hard-working man. He loved his horses and tending to them, going to horse sales to add to his “stock.” He wasn’t as brazen as Archie Bunker and hek sometimes could have a little temper with his red hair but we know he loved us.

It’s a shame Betty White couldn’t reach her centennial celebration, but there apparently were other plans for her. She was the last of the four Golden Girls and I am sure she out-lived a lot of her peers in the entertainment industry.

We are losing a lot of people, folks.

I’ll leave you with one of Betty’s quotes that appeared on social media this week: “Don’t try to be young. Just open your mind and stay interested in stuff. There are so many things I won’t live long enough to find out about but I”m still curious about them.”

Rest In Peace, Betty! Thanks for being you.

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of: Max Subler, John Deeter, David Darner, John Moran, Juanita Brandewie, Lynette “Sue” (McGlinch) Dietric.h and James E. Stammen.
Please pray for these people: Peg Pretzman, Stefani Priest, Roxanne Barnes, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Debbie Labig, Jeff Stewart, Kevin Wampler, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Michelle Young, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Terri Dienes, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Al Bliss, Jeff Zumbrun, Gary Cain, Shelley Brinley, Stacy Cline, Ron Mills, Cheryl Gilmore, June Moody, Larry Vititoe, D’Arleen Waymire, Joe Arnett, Tony Liette, Jennifer Peck, Matt Hiestand, Kathy Swabb, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, D’Arleen Waymire, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Albert Duncan, Cathy Melling, Martha Garner, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses, including Covid and other variants associated with the Pandemic.
Happy birthday to:
Jan. 3 to David Scanlon, Mike Lawson, Linda Alexander Brown, Travis Henderson, Kendra Billenstein, Jamie Wisner, Scott Rodeheffer, Teresa Shinn and Kate Foley Custer.
Jan. 4 to Dennis Riffell, Jill Riffell, Kevin Metzcar, Elizabeth Horner, Jodi Neff, Taylor Thwaits, Edna Fourman. Judge Jonathan Hein and Dick Lavy.
Jan. 5 to Wayne Harbison, Jesse DeMange, Tyler Kress, Arlene Harris, Travis Thwaits, Wyatt Boatright and Kathy Burke.
Jan. 6 to Preston Holton, Matt Leeper, Judy Gibson, Chris Print, Andrew Waymire, Mike Erwin, Arnold Riffle, Michelle Sparks Reed, Carie Ann Shroyer, Betsy Cook, Patches Trevino and Chuck Edwards.
Jan. 7 to Chuck “C.W.” Cruze, Wendy Sebring Meek, Kathy Cline, Nick Mayo, Chad Beam, Terri Livesay, Dianna Paris, Robin Zeller, Kayla Scarberry, Doug Winger and Barry Bowers.
Jan. 8 to Chris Brewer, Larry Vititoe, Julie Easterling, Doug Wentworth, Toni Sink and Stanley Douglas Hines.
Jan. 9 to Dwight Leeper, Scott Warren, Tommy Renfro, Deb Guthrie, Cheryl Williamson Ganger and Randy Blosser.

Think about it: “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” Author Unknown

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Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ or 937-337-1955.

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