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Whitworth saluted in Chester as cancer survivor

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By Becki Byrd

Betty WhitworthBetty WhitworthCHESTER – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to recognize Mrs. Betty Ann (“Mrs. Bebe”) Whitworth.

She is a 1969 graduate of Chester and currently serves as the school librarian. She has been in education for 43 years, 34 of which have been served at Chester. Mrs. Betty Ann has two kids, Stacy and Casey, 10 grandkids, and two great grandkids. She is an avid Astros and Craig Biggio Fan. She loves being outdoors, fishing, and in the mountains. From what we’ve been told she is also an EXCELLENT driver, especially when reversing.

Last Friday, she was made the honorary team captain for the Yellowjackets.

Betty Ann was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and has been cancer free for 12 years.

I spoke with co-workers and students of Betty Ann and here’s what some of them had to say –

Hadleigh Butter states that she likes when “Mrs. Bebe” reads silly stories and when the book fair comes.

Jackson Jones said that he enjoys reading and the library has several of his favorite book series. He wanted to thank Mrs. Betty Ann for all the works she does with UIL.

Demi Garsee’s favorite memory with Mrs. Betty Ann is going on her first accelerated reader trip to Lufkin. She enjoys the way she is greeted with a sweet smile and soft voice when she enters the library.

Harley Jones likes to go to the library because it’s a quiet and peaceful place to read. Mrs. Betty Ann is always helpful with finding new books to read.

Sadie Garsee said that Mrs. Berry Ann puts in a lot of hard work for UIL every year and she enjoys getting to see her smiling face every day.

Abby Grimes favorite memory with Bebe is when they were riding on the buggy through the camp and almost ran over a bushel of hogs heading to the waterfall.

Mrs. Handley said Mrs. Betty Ann is easy to love. She is kindhearted and spread joy to all she encounters. She is resilient and hardworking. We are all so blessed at Chester ISD to work with her.

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    Jenny Lewis · 3 months ago
    She is one of the best! This is an honor well deserved!
    Now about her driving: I can attest, when driving, if you tell her to take to the woods, she will!!! (LOL)