Betty S. Crecelius

Born in Nashville, TN on May 15, 1940

Departed on April 30, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Betty S. Crecelius, 79, of Hendersonville, passed away with her family by her side on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Preceded in death by her parents; Charles H. and Gradi M. Smith (Colwell), sister Frances Williams. Survived by her husband Ray, of 62 years, children; Cindy (Mike) Woodall and Stephen Crecelius, grandchildren; Kaylee Woodall (fiancée Noah Mayberry), Michael Woodall, Landon Crecelius, Emma Crecelius, brother, James H. Smith (Annie) and sister, Jessie Napier, along with many extended family and friends.

Betty was born on May 15, 1940 in Nashville. She graduated in 1958 from Hume-Fogg High School. She retired as a public utilities lead clerk with the City of Gallatin. Betty was a long time member of Hendersonville First Baptist Church where she volunteered for many church related programs. She was passionate about raising her family, was a good cook and enjoyed having her family together for every holiday and birthday. Betty was a loving wife and grandmother who was very kind and selfless.

A private family gathering will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020. Betty will be laid to rest at Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Friends are invited to sign the online guest book at

Memorial contributions in Betty’s name can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation at or to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at

23 Comments to Betty S. Crecelius

  1. The kirbys
    May 2, 2020 9:33 am

    So sad to loose our neighbor. Prayers for family in your loss of your Mom and wife.

  2. Kimberly DePue
    May 2, 2020 12:55 pm

    My heart breaks for you Cindy. My loving thoughts and prayers for strength and peace for you and your entire family.

  3. David and Sue Colwell
    May 2, 2020 1:51 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss we’ll keep all the family in our prayers.

  4. ralph bland
    May 3, 2020 9:08 am

    My sympathy to you in your loss.

  5. Mary Ellen McNally
    May 3, 2020 9:14 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Cindy. Prayers of comfort for you and your family.

  6. Marilyn Akers
    May 3, 2020 10:48 am

    Betty worked with me in my men’s area at Castner Knott. What a sweet, wonderful lady. Always sweet and loved by all the associates. I was privileged to know her. My thoughts and prayers for her family

  7. Sandra White
    May 3, 2020 12:34 pm

    Former neighbors; only a few miles apart now, I still counted Betty a close friend. Stevan and Cindy played with our two children. Our prayers are with her entire family as they go thru this grieving time.

  8. Larry & Sanda White
    May 3, 2020 12:49 pm

    What sad news this morning. We were former neighbors and only about three miles away now. We still feel like neighbors, an undying friendship. Our prayers will certainly include Betty’s entire family.

  9. Wendle Smith
    May 3, 2020 2:18 pm

    Betty was a sweet friend. I am so sorry for your loss. She will be remembered as a good neighbor and a very special friend. Cindy and my daughter Laura had good times together growing up. She will be missed by many.

  10. John & Beverly Saturley
    May 3, 2020 8:21 pm

    John and I am so sorry to hear about Betty. We will pray for you , your children and grandchildren.

  11. Mary Patterson
    May 3, 2020 9:20 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  12. Missy & Tim Davidson and Family
    May 3, 2020 9:50 pm

    Cindy, Mike, Kaylee & Michael…Our hearts and prayers go out to your family for the loss of your precious mother/grandmother – praying that all the love of those around you & Gods peace provides comfort to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences.

  13. The Orslands
    May 4, 2020 12:45 pm

    We have such happy memories of Betty. We spent good times watching our childrplay in our big back yards. We share your sadness and send our love.

  14. The Orslands
    May 4, 2020 12:51 pm

    We have happy memories of Betty. We had good times watching our children children play

  15. The Orslands
    May 4, 2020 12:54 pm

    We have happy memories of Betty. We had good times watching our children children play in the big neighborhood back yard. We share your

  16. The Orsland d
    May 4, 2020 12:57 pm

    We share your sadness and send our love. So many happy memories o

  17. The Orsland d
    May 4, 2020 12:59 pm

    We share your sadness and send our love. So many happy memories of the children growing up in this neighborhood

  18. Juanita s. Jordan
    May 4, 2020 6:47 pm

    Prayers for Betty’s family.

  19. Cristin McNally Bond
    May 5, 2020 6:25 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I have fond memories of her. Please know that I will pray for you all.

  20. Mary Ann Baker
    May 5, 2020 12:11 pm

    I met Betty thru decorating for her home. I thought a lot of her and I remeber your children when they were small.
    Ray you helped my son get on at Krogers many years ago.l He was with them for 22 years. My heart goes out to you for your loss. She was a sweet lady and I will always remember her as a friend. Prayers for you and your children.
    Mary Ann Baker

  21. Melanie Sewell
    May 13, 2020 12:26 am

    My prayers go out to this sweet family! I love Betty so much! I’ve been Betty’s hair stylist for many years and would see her weekly or bi-weekly! I’m so sad to just now learn of her passing! (5/12) Betty loved her family so much! She would talk about her kids and grandkids with passion and she enjoyed going to all the activities and ceremonies she could get to! She would tell me about the special cakes and dinners she was baking or cooking for the family for certain holidays and that was a joy for her to do! What a blessing Betty was to me!
    I learned so much from her! She was a very wise woman! God bless this family and especially Ray! He took such great care of Betty! Love you all! Hugs and prayers!
    Love, Melanie

  22. Terry and Ruby Grisham
    May 13, 2020 8:45 pm

    We are sorry for your families loss. Betty will be missed by all who knew her. I knew her first from
    Hume Fogg High School and then at church and Sunday School. RIP Betty.
    Terry and Ruby Grisham

  23. Shirley Osborne
    May 14, 2020 10:10 pm

    So sorry to read about Betty’s passing. I met her years ago ,when she was working in our church nursery. The old church before we moved. She was a sweet lady. Everytime I saw her she was smiling.

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