Betty Delores Wesley-Stephenson was born on February 14, 1948 at Chester Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania. Betty was born to proud parents, the late Maggie Wesley (mother) and the late Joseph Wesley (father). She was preceded in death by her late brother James Wesley.
On August 14, 1967, Betty entered in holy matrimony and married Larry Stephenson Sr., in which they produced two sons: Larry Jr. and Darren Sr. Betty was a magnificent wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was very supportive of the activities of her sons such as attending their basketball and football games and their college graduation ceremonies. Betty was very instrumental in helping her sons achieve six college degrees (3 Master’s degrees, 2 Bachelor’s degrees and 1 Associate degree). Betty loved spending time with her three grandchildren, Larry III (Blink), Darren Jr. (Dink) and Siara (Mom-Mom).
Betty was a true example of motherhood and womanhood because she was kind, caring, giving, stern and firm. She was affectionately called Mrs. B by her sons’ friends because she was a second mother to them. Mrs. B’s second sons were Williard Cooper, Donald Hodges, John Monroe, John Lewis, Wilson Winters, Ronald Bigger, Ronald Laws, Melvin McGiver, Leon Spence, Kevin Jenkins and Darryl Chavis, etc. While they were at her home, she took care of them as if they were her own children.
Betty graduated from Chester High School in 1965 and she was a member of the class of 1965. Betty was a hard worker and she worked for 33 years at the Franklin Mint Company where she had many dear friends as co-workers. In the tradition of her late mother (Maggie Wesley), Betty was a faithful member of Bethany Baptist Church for many years. She served as a proud member of the Bethany Baptist Adult Ushers with her sister Gloria Blake.
Betty is survived by her husband, Larry Sr., her two sons Larry Jr. (Anita) and Darren Sr. (Adrienne); her grandchildren Larry III, Darren Jr., Siarra; her great-grandchildren Kimir and Kasaii; her sisters, Gloria (Richard Sr.) and Celeste (Bill); her brother, Ronald (Mary); her many nieces and nephews, Frank, Richard Jr., Rona, Lisa, Rosalind, Rasheed, Abdullah, George Jr., Sade, Butchie, Nehemiah and Lachia; her two sister-in-laws, Florence Hassan and Arlene Mitchell. Betty is also survived by her dear friends, Joyce Gilbert, Sunday Holman and Ethel Harding (Tudy), and her cousin, Jerome Stewart, who was also like a son to her, and a host of many family and friends. Betty was loved by many people and she will be sorely missed.
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