Betty Thompson Steadman

Betty Ann Thompson Steadman of Hattiesburg, MS died on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Bedford Care in Hattiesburg, MS at the age of 90 after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 30 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. prior to the service in the Parish Hall. A brief graveside service will be held at Roseland Park Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert G. “Bobby” Steadman, her parents, William M. Thompson and Masa Makemson Thompson and brother Joseph O. Thompson, all of Birmingham. She is survived by her daughter Susan E. Steadman and son R. Garland Steadman (Susan K.), all of Hattiesburg, three grandchildren Amelia Steadman McGowan (Brian) and son Juan Carlos of Vicksburg, Joseph A. Steadman and Savannah H. Steadman of Hattiesburg. She is also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews she loved dearly.

Educated in the Jefferson County and Birmingham Public Schools, she attended the University of Alabama for three and a half years when she married her sweetheart, Bobby on March 25, 1946. In 1966 she returned to school to complete her education at the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated with honors and attended graduate school on a teaching fellowship and receiving a Master of Arts in English and Spanish.

She assisted her husband at Steadman Motors, Inc. during his thirty- one years of owning the dealership. The couple enjoyed travelling around the world with favorite destinations Mexico and Spain. A member of Trinity Episcopal Church, she served on the vestry, taught Sunday School and publicized civic events. Her creative abilities were seen in her different clubs and organizations that she participated in, including the Civitan Club, Review Club and Daughters of the King.

Bringing the greatest source of personal satisfaction to her were the time that she spent working hand in hand with Abbie Rogers on her growing Civitan Camp and teaching Spanish to the preschoolers at Trinity Day School where she was affectionately known as Ms. Betty by her young students. She had a gusto for life that made each day an adventure.

Her family offers much gratitude and appreciation to her family physician and friend Dr. Robert Brahan, the loving attendants at Bedford Care, Forrest General Hospice and the many friends and loved ones who truly brightened her day with visits.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 509 West Pine Street in Hattiesburg or the charity of your choice.