On Monday evening Betsy Leah Bevill Schonberger concluded her brief but brave fight with cancer. As our Franmamma used to say, she’s gone visitin’. Betsy was born in Crystal Springs and raised in Jackson. She was a proud Murrah Mustang (1970), a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Ole Miss and after an extended gap “year,” graduated from Millsaps College with the class of 2021.
Her many careers took her around the country and around the world. On home turf in MS, she worked for Governor Bill Waller and was an early promoter of cellular networking. Later in life, she led adventures abroad – slogging through the frigid islands of Scotland, hunting on the edges of the Patagonia in Argentina, and exploring the plains of South Africa. Most recently Betsy found joy and purpose working with MS Capital Area Habitat for Humanity – a brief but meaningful chapter of a career that was the culmination of a life of walking to the beat of her own drum and following purpose over pattern.
She has joined her parents, Nell and Talby Bevill Sr., her brother Talby Bevill Jr, and her beloved pug Frank in the next chapter. She is survived by her children, Thomas Ross Worley (Danielle) and Lois Cole Schonberger-Bieging (Laura), her sisters Sally Bevill and Susan Bevill Moore and brother James Ross Bevill (Leslie), her grandchildren, Leah, Toni Paige, Dudley, Jack, and Henry, and her beloved Doodle Poppy.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Habitat for Humanity MS Capital Area (615 Stonewall St, Jackson 39213) or your local animal rescue in her honor.
Services will be held at Wells United Methodist Church in Jackson MS with visitation at 10 am followed by services at 11 am on Friday September 15.
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