Patsy Jane (Dawson) Bettis, age 79, died in her home on January 3, 2020. She was surrounded by her family as she ended her two-year battle with COPD and lymphoma and slipped into the arms of Jesus peacefully and painlessly. Patsy was born on December 23, 1940, in her family home in Dandridge as the fourth of five sisters.
She grew up in the Talbott-Kansas community and attended the grammar school there. She and her sisters often sang together, where Pat displayed her beautiful alto singing voice. A graduate of Maury High School in 1958, Patsy then attended Carson-Newman College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics and Education. She met her husband, Tommy Bettis, in college and they married in 1962.