Betty Hartlage Obituary (1926 – 2023) – Destin, FL

Betty Taylor Losson Hartlage, 96, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2023, with her children by her side. As Mom would say, “God got her room ready” and she now is at peace and dancing in heaven

She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown and Destin, Florida.

Betty was born Aug. 30, 1926, in Elizabethtown. Out of high school, she worked at Fort Knox during the war. She and her friends enjoyed going to dances sponsored by the USO. She met her husband, Ray Hartlage, through her best friend, Nancy Kindervater, and married on Dec. 26, 1949. For their honeymoon, as avid University of Kentucky fans, they traveled by train with their best friends, the Kindervaters, to the 1950 Sugar Bowl. They also loved tailgating at the UK football games with friends, including having a thimble and pan band that was the life of the party.

Betty and Ray loved to dress up, go to big events and dances with their friends. This included going to the Kentucky Derby in style and several inaugurals in Washington, D.C., with their dear friends, Sen. Walter D. and Jean Huddleston.

Betty loved fashion and owned a dress shop for years in Elizabethtown called the Town House. She would go to market in New York, Dallas and Chicago to bring the latest styles to town. She enjoyed shopping for her friends and making sure they had the right outfit for the next big event in town. This included dressing her girls in nice clothes for school to their embarrassment.

After Ray’s passing, Betty moved to Destin as she loved the white sandy beach and sunshine. She found her home at Sand Piper Cove, where she lived for 35 years. Betty never met a stranger as she walked her dog each day and talked to everyone along the way. To this day, owners know Betty by her white hair and her latest dog, Allie. She played competitive tennis until she was 85 and did water aerobics in the pool with her friends to stay fit. She cherished the sunsets off her back deck overlooking the harbor and enjoyed sharing the view with family and friends.

Betty also loved to travel and see the sights in the U.S. and around the world. She went to Hong Kong, Beijing, Rome and Greece, to name a few, and was blessed to be in Jerusalem and Bethlehem on Christmas Day in 1999.

Betty loved life and lived it to the fullest. She often said the beautiful sunshine and beach helped her live a longer, healthier life as she always was outside and moving.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Hartlage, who passed away Jan. 1, 1988.

Survivors include her four children, Mark (Leslie), Alan (Veronica), Mary Beth (preceded in death – David Baker) and Meg. Betty has three grandchildren, Matt (Kiersten), Mitch and Todd (preceded in death – SarahBeth), and three great-grandchildren, Eliza, Jack and Camille.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport, Florida,, where Mom rescued her beloved dog, Allie. They were a perfect match.

A special thanks to the caring employees of Brookdale Blue Water Assisted Living and Hospice, who helped us navigate the last two months of her life.

The family will plan a celebration of Betty’s life in Destin in the fall.

Lastly, to all who knew her, today, as the sun begins to set, raise a glass and toast to a life well lived.

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Published by The News-Enterprise from Jun. 23 to Jun. 26, 2023.

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