Betty Ardenia Scruggs was born on January 24, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois to the late David Charles Scruggs and Emma Dorsey Scruggs Moss. She was the oldest of three children , she had one sister, Ella F. Scruggs and one brother , David Charles Scruggs, Jr. Betty attended school in Chicago and attended Chicago State University, then known as Chicago Teachers College. Betty moved to Gary, Indiana in 1964, when she united in holy matrimony to Roby Whittington of Canton Mississippi, and enjoyed a 39 year, loving marriage. She was widowed in 2004 when her beloved husband, Roby, went home to be with the Lord. This union blessed with four children, Nina Simone, Roby Jr., Charles and Martin.
Betty loved the Lord and expressed her faith in God. She had a personal relationship with the Lord and was a member of First Church Of God in Gary, Indiana, and very active with the Women of the Church Of God organization.
Betty dedicated her life to her family, church and community. She was a devoted wife and sister, passionate mother, and a loyal friend. she was meticulous about her home; she loved to entertain and was well known for her culinary skills. Betty was very attentive to each of her children, encouraging them to be their very best. She delighted in her grandchildren and felt blessed to see them grow up. Betty was committed to her church, serving in various roles as well as serving as Trustee for many years. She loved people and was a role model to other young wives and mothers, always willing to impart her life learned wisdom and heartfelt encouragement.
As twilight of eventide fades, fond memories are held by her family: one daughter, Nina Simone (Rev. Anthony) Caudle of West Bloomfield, Michigan; three sons, Roby Whittington, Jr. of Dyer, Indiana; Charles Whittington of Independence, Missouri; Martin Whittington of Orland Park, Florida; sister, Ella F. Scruggs of Chicago, Illinois; nephew, Gerald Scruggs of Glenwood, Illinois; three grandchildren, Anthony L. Caudle, Jr., of Washington, D.C., Shelby F. Whittington of Hebron, Indiana; Krysten Simone Caudle of Nashville, Tennessee; great-granddaughter, Maryn and great-nephew, Gerald Jr.; sisters-in-law, Flossie, Alva, Mary, Helen, Jean, Diane, Sylvia, and Eunice; brothers-in-law, Allen and Carl. A host of other relatives and friends also mourn the departure of their loved one.
"For I am ready to be offered, and the time is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:6-7)
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