Betty Fensom, 98 years of age, of Port St. Joe, died on February 15. B
etty was born in Littleton, Colorado, September 22, 1915, to James and Elizabeth Stuart Ball. Her brothers James Stuart Ball, Warner Stuart Ball and grandson, Paul Fensom, predeceased her. She graduated from Natrona County High School, Casper, Wyoming, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia, in 1937.
On June 8, 1940, she married Paul Fensom of Richmond, Virginia, and moved to Port St. Joe. Her husband died July 16, 1973. Survivors include children, Judy (Brian) Sanders, Chesley (Darlene) Fensom and James (Jan) Fensom; grandchildren, Tristan (Silvia) Sanders, Carter (Monika) Sanders, Helen (Brian) Holmes, Stacy (David) Bryan, Meredith Fensom and Stuart Fensom; great-grandchildren, Tristan Sanders, Jr., Sophia Sanders, Colton Holmes, and Sarah Elizabeth Bryan.
She was devoted to her family and her church, active in the community and enjoyed her friends, travel and history. Betty was interested in American history and was a founding member of the local chapter of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, founding member of the St. Joseph Bay Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, founding member of the St. Joseph Historical Society, and was a direct, tenth generation descendant of William Ball, an Englishman who immigrated to the Virginia colony in 1650. Throughout her life she was an excellent bridge player, enjoyed swimming in the Gulf and loved the beach.
Services were held at St. James Episcopal Church in Port St. Joe, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, with the Rev. Thomas Patrick Dwyer officiating. Interment followed in Holly Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tristan Sanders, Stuart Fensom, Tristan Sanders, Jr., David Bryan, Jim Corry, George Duren, Clay Lewis and John Miller.
Memorial donations may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 800 22nd Street, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456, where Betty was a member for over 73 years, or a charity of your choice.
The family thanks the staff of Our Home at Beacon Hill for their loving, excellent care of Betty.