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Betty Sue Graveley

December 1, 1920 - April 28, 2013

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Betty Sue Sagvold Roberts Graveley

Betty Sue Sagvold Roberts Graveley, 92, much loved mother, grandmother, teacher and friend, passed away on April 28, after a brief illness. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, December 1, 1920, and moved to Jacksonville with her parents, Dr. Thomas Elyward Sagvold and Regina Wilhelmina Sagvold. She was preceded in death by her husbands, former Jacksonville City Councilman Robert R. Roberts, and well-known city architect John R. Graveley. She was also preceded in death by granddaughter Kelsey Kite.

Survivors include daughter Judith Roberts and her husband, Douglas Brydges...

Betty Sue Sagvold Roberts Graveley

Betty Sue Sagvold Roberts Graveley, 92, much loved mother, grandmother, teacher and friend, passed away on April 28, after a brief illness. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, December 1, 1920, and moved to Jacksonville with her parents, Dr. Thomas Elyward Sagvold and Regina Wilhelmina Sagvold. She was preceded in death by her husbands, former Jacksonville City Councilman Robert R. Roberts, and well-known city architect John R. Graveley. She was also preceded in death by granddaughter Kelsey Kite.

Survivors include daughter Judith Roberts and her husband, Douglas Brydges OBE, both of London, England, and their sons, Daniel and Erik of London; son Danny Roberts and his wife Sue of Jacksonville and their sons Timothy and Samuel and his wife Brianna, and daughter Susan Rosario and her husband Frankie of Jacksonville.

Education of students was an early calling. Betty began by sitting her teddy bears in front of a blackboard to teach them math when she was about 6 years old. She was a respected and loved teacher in Duval County for over 60 years, both in the school system and through tutoring. She also taught briefly at Jacksonville University. Many of her former students have kept in touch with her over the years. She treasured these friendships.

Betty received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology with honors from Florida State College for Women, now Florida State University, and her Master's Degree in Education from Jacksonville University. She was salutatorian of her 1938 Graduating Class of Andrew Jackson High School, and later taught mathematics there. She was for many years Head of the Science and Math Departments of Paxon High School. She was a Teacher of the Year for Duval County in the late 70s.

She loved learning as much as teaching, also meeting people and was a world traveler. Touring Europe in 1967 with daughters Judith and Susan began a life-long interest that took her to her father's native Norway several times to find and visit many relatives, to England many times to visit her daughter and grandsons, and to Japan, Australia and Thailand. She loved the National Parks and traveled to the Grand Canyon twice with her grandsons, once with Timothy and Samuel, and once with Daniel and Erik and their parents. She toured Arizona, Utah, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, Washington, DC, and many other states.

Betty was a compassionate and selfless person. She was always generous, giving to many charities around the world, over many decades, especially children's charities. She provided Florida Prepaid Scholarships for all her grandchildren to encourage them to all get college educations. Their education was paramount, and she often tutored them, as well. Additionally, she provided piano and other music lessons for all of her grandchildren.

She worked very hard her whole life, with little thought for herself, while she brought joy and love to so many. She was a wonderful happy soul, always with a joke and a smile and a helping hand. She will be remembered widely for the good she did; she will be greatly missed for she was greatly loved.

Betty was a life-long Christian Scientist, being a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Jacksonville, for many years, and then being a member of Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Jacksonville, for the rest of her life. She served on many church committees, taught Sunday School and was Second Reader.

Services will be conducted by Christian Science Reader David Wilson Saturday, May 4, 2013 in Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, at 11 a.m., with a one-hour visitation prior to the service.