She was born April 21, 1928, in Sylvester Georgia to Earl and Warene Rogers. She was the second daughter of four girls,
Ernestine, Bettye, Mary Nell and Gail.
In 1936, at age 8 the family moved to beautiful Gainesville, Florida where she grew up and lived most of her life. Some of her grade school friends were lifelong. She married the love of her life, James Beverly McMillan, December 5th 1945, and together they had four boys; Jimmy, Gary, Gregg and Brett. After retiring from University of Florida Learning Resources, she and Beverly enjoyed many years together with lifelong friends in the GHS Has Beens Club. They traveled a bit but enjoyed staying at home in Gainesville and visits from her boys and grandchildren more than anything. She took care of Beverly and was by his side until the day he died from lung cancer in 2009. In 2014 she began living her final years at Palm Garden of Gainesville. She was dearly loved by all who knew her. She was a loving Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Mother in Law, Aunt, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Friend to all. Her Southern Charm was unmistakably sweet, her laugh was contagious and she loved all her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and Sisters with all of her heart. She enjoyed tap dancing and music especially Patsy Cline and Tom Jones.
Bettye is preceded in death by her parents Earl and Warene Rogers, her husband James Beverly McMillan and infant grandson Jason McMillan.
She is survived by her four sons: Jimmy (Carla) McMillan, Gary (Sara) McMillan, Gregg (Jeanie) McMillan and Brett (Janet) McMillan. Her Sisters: Ernestine Chasteen, Mary Nell Wolz and Gail (Glen) McMillan, eight Grandchildren, six Great Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews and beloved cousins/relatives in Albany/Sylvester Georgia and Homestead, Florida.
Bettye’s Funeral Gathering will be 2:00pm Wednesday February 6th @ Forest Meadows Cemetery Chapel, 4100 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville Florida 32653
Anyone who’d like to send flowers please send to Forest Meadows OR Donate to any Alzheimers Foundation/cause of your choice.