Elizabeth “Bets” T. Street, 61, 236 North Gilmer Park, Johnson City, passed away with her family by her side on Friday, January 11, 2013, following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Bets Street was a native of Johnson City. Born January 13, 1951, she was a daughter of the late J.B. Thomas Jr. and the late Elizabeth “Liz” Garrett Thomas. She was a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Barnes Thomas Sr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Claude Garrett, and father-in-law, Kale Street.
Mrs. Street graduated from Science Hill High School in 1969 and the University of Tennessee in 1973 with a degree in Deaf Education. She taught at the Tennessee School of the Deaf in Knoxville from 1973 to 1976. She worked as an Educator of the Deaf for the Johnson City School System, Carter County School System and the Washington County School System.
Mrs. Street was a member of Central Baptist Church, Johnson City, Tenn., and a member of the Koinonia Sunday School Class. She participated in a mission trip to Prince Edward Island, and was involved in other various mission services with her church. She was a member of the Junior League and the Tennessee Education Association. She volunteered for the National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee, Mountain Organ Donor Services, and Hospice. She was a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House through Central Baptist Church. She was an avid fisher person, and loved her beautiful party colored Cocker Spaniels.
Survivors include her husband, Anthony “Tony” Street; one daughter and son-in-law, Catherine Virginia “Jenna” Street Quigley and husband Brendan of Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, John “Tommy” B. Thomas III and Christopher “Bud” Garrett Thomas and wife Kathy S., Johnson City; her mother-in-law, Jessie Orr Street, Johnson City; two sisters, Catherine “Cathy” T. Mills and husband David H. Mills, Elizabethton, Tenn., and Brownie Thomas Barksdale and husband Tut Barksdale, Tennile, Ga., and brother-in-law, James A. Street, Nashville. She had several nephews, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The funeral service for Mrs. Street was conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 13, at Central Baptist Church with Dr. Ronald F. Murray officiating. The graveside service and interment was conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, January 14, at Monte Vista Memorial Park. Active pallbearers were Jerry Dempsey, John Connor, Gordon Ledford, Bob Evans, Harry Harman, Dr. Stanley Vermillion, Dr. William “Bill” Kennedy and Dan Jackson. Honorary pallbearers were Becky Richardson, Betsy Burleson, Sally Corbin, Cookie McKinney, Harrett Hager, Sharon Glassmeyer, Ruthie Drummond, Janice Moore, North Side School Birthday Club, Wellness Center Friends, Panera Bread Friends, Tennessee School of the Deaf, special friends Sue Arnett, Sharon Chartier, BLS Architect’s Employees, Kroger Friends, Wal-Mart Greeters and North Side Friends. Those who wish to in lieu of flowers please make a memorial contribution in memory of Mrs. Street may do so to Central Baptist Church, 300 N. Roan Street, Johnson City, TN 37601; National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016; East Tennessee Lupus Foundation, 4004 Hillsboro Pike Suite 216-B, Nashville, TN 37215; or Washington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 4090, Johnson City, TN 37602. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 928-6111, is serving the Street Family.