May 4, 1924 – July 25, 2021
Betty Dyer Westbrook, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, peacefully entered her eternal home on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at the age of 97. She was surrounded by her children at her home in Westminster Towers, Orlando, Florida.
Betty was born on May 4, 1924, in Kissimmee, Florida to Robert and Gertrude Dyer. She grew up in College Park and attended Concord Park Elementary, Memorial Junior High and Orlando High School followed by Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee. On January 10, 1951, she married Neil Malcolm Westbrook, the love of her life, in Orlando, Florida. After a brief stop in Tampa, they settled in Winter Park, Florida where they raised their son, Malcolm, and their daughter, Beth.
Betty will be remembered for her love of life, her grit and her wee bit of stubbornness. She was fun, laughed easily and kept close to her family and friends. Family was the most important thing to her and she was fiercely loyal to those she loved. She was an adoring and always encouraging wife to Neil. The two of them were a great team who built a welcoming home that was constantly full of friends, both old and young. She never tired of entertaining and will be remembered by many as a gracious host and fabulous cook. She believed that birthdays were extra special and made sure that family and friends were fully celebrated. Family trips to Neil’s childhood home in north Georgia were always memorable as she loved being with the Georgia Westbrooks. Betty was a supportive and loyal sister who loved meeting her brothers at Brian’s on Lake Ivanhoe and the annual Dyer reunions at Ormond and New Smyrna Beach.
She was always up for a fun adventure, traveling the world with Neil and her best childhood friend, Betty Bray (the two would later recount their travels with big laughs over a glass of wine). Music was a source of joy for her and was always a part in her life whether through playing the piano, dancing, attending concerts or putting on plays with her grandchildren. In her later years, the music programs at Westminster Towers always put a smile on her face and a tap in her foot. In addition to the music programs at Westminster, she and her sister-in-law, JoAnn Dyer, could always be found sitting on the second row, popcorn in hand on movie nights! She loved playing golf with her husband and friends which included weekly twilight golf at the Country Club of Orlando and trips to North Carolina. She was an active, caring and devoted mother and grandmother – present, supportive and offering encouragement at every game, play and graduation.
Betty was a member of First United Methodist Church of Orlando for 65 years, chairing the Children’s Ministry Council along with teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. When raising her children, she was an active member of the National Parent Teacher Association at Audubon Elementary, Glenridge Junior High and Winter Park High School, respectively. She was also a long time member of The Country Club of Orlando, The Rosalind Club and was an active and dearly loved resident of the Westminster Towers Orlando community for the past 13 years.
Betty left a legacy of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her two children, Malcolm Westbrook and Beth (Boyd) Booher. She has six dearly loved grandchildren: Ashley Westbrook (Cecil Field), Stephanie (Ryan) Warthan, Kristin Nosal, Melissa (Mike) Malone, Katie Booher, and Neil Booher; three cherished great-grandchildren: Baylen Field Westbrook, Ryleigh Warthan and Wally Malone. In addition, two sisters-in-law, Anne Dyer (Oviedo) and Barbara Dyer (Lynn Haven) plus many nieces and nephews in both the Dyer and Westbrook families.
Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Neil Malcolm Westbrook, her parents, Robert and Gertrude Dyer, her four brothers, Robert M. Dyer, Jr., William B. Dyer, Jack M. Dyer, Donald D. Dyer and her dear sister-in-law, JoAnn C. Dyer.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to:
First United Methodist Church (142 E. Jackson Street, Orlando, FL 32801); Westminster Towers Foundation (Westminster Towers Foundation, 70 West Lucerne Circle, Orlando, FL 32801); Vitas Hospice (Vitas Hospice ℅ Vitas Community Connections, 2201 Lucien Way, Ste 100, Maitland, FL 32751). Please note gifts are in memory of Betty D. Westbrook.
A private family burial service will be held in north Georgia this fall.