Betty Hood Lynn

Betty Aileen Hood Lynn was born to be a mother, says her husband Thomas Jackson Lynn. On cold days, she’d wrap her coat around her daughters, Christy and Jenny, as they stood waiting for the bus in Mint Hill. She’d leave notes and poems in Christy’s lunches. Jenny used to fake being sick to be home with her mom. Daughter of the late Arthur Clifton Hood and Ismay McCracken Hood, Betty grew up in Sanford, NC with her twin brother Col. (Ret.) Robert M. Hood and their older brother, Arthur Clifton Hood, Jr., who say Betty cared so much for people and put others ahead of herself all her life. Betty graduated from Sanford Central High in 1960 and was named Most Athletic Girl. She loved sports – especially watching the Charlotte Checkers. She attended nearly every home game, where she rang her cowbell and cheered for the team. She was such a “superfan” Chubby Checker even offered to stop by the hospital. An athlete and a scholar, Betty graduated Greensboro College with honors – Summa Cum Laude. She met the love of her life, Tom, and was married September 6, 1974. They poured their love into raising their two daughters - Christy Lynn Kaliner, wife of Pete Kaliner, and Jenny Lynn Hatley, wife of Shawn Hatley. Betty battled and beat cancer four times, was an original member of the Blair Road United Methodist Church handbell choir, and loved working with kids in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system for the better part of three decades. Betty loved gardening, and the annual trips to the beach with her family. And she loved her grandsons – Blake and Eli, sons of Jenny and Shawn Hatley of Oakboro. Easter Sunday she played soccer with them, despite fighting cancer one again. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Jenny said, “We weren’t done learning. We weren’t done talking.” Visitation will be held at McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The funeral will be held Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Blair Road United Methodist Church, with interment to follow at Sunset Memory Gardens in Mint Hill. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 30, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Betty Hood Lynn

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Ashlyne Hummer

May 7, 2013

Tom, Jenny, and Christy: I just found out an hour ago about BettyLynn. I wish I had known and could have been there for you. I pray that you will find peace in your sweet memories. We are all fortunate to have shared our lives with her. You are in my prayers.

Johnny Lipscomb

April 30, 2013

Dear Bobby and family, I was so sorry to hear about Betty. I remember many basketball games that we were involved in at Central . Thinking of you. Johnny Lipscomb Sanford

Vivian Bouler

April 30, 2013

I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one, Betty Hood Lynn. I work with her daughter's (Jenny) mother-in-law, Renee, and heard really nice things about this awesome woman. I am praying that God's peace will surround you and your family during this time. RIP Mrs. Lynn.

April 30, 2013

I am so grieved over the passing of my wonderful friend, Betty. I wish I could be with you this afternoon and again tomorrow morning as you celebrate her life. Please know that Betty and all of you have been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to thank God for the joy and blessings she brought to all who loved her. Much love Libby Wallace Marsh

Tank Spencer

April 29, 2013

Now is a hard time for a family, as we know. While we did not know Betty, we've had the pleasure of getting to know Christy and what a wonderful person she is. Christy, to you and all of your family, our thoughts are with you. We share a great sentiment that was sent to us after my (Tank's) grandmother passed a couple of weeks ago. "Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean we'll miss you, until we meet again!"

With love, Tank Spencer (Andi, Jo-Jo and Josh too!)

Nena Hood Babb

April 29, 2013

Betty & Bobby were 15 when I was born, one of their 5 Hood cousins. I always enjoyed it when they came to visit us--our "city" cousins! Unfortunately we weren't very close in age or distance, but as we grew older with families of our own, we tried to get together at least once a year. I wish we could have had a closer relationship as I know that just being around Betty would have made me a better person. How fortunate we were to have wonderful Christian parents who taught us the importance of Faith and Family. This picture is a treasure!

Dottie Moore

April 29, 2013

Christy, Jenny and Family... you all are in my thoughts and prayers!! I can't stop thinking about you!! See you tomorrow night! Dottie Moore

April 29, 2013

Dear Bob, Betty was one of the nicest girls I knew in high school and she stayed that way. Both Judy and I were very sorry to hear about her passing. To Tom, Christy, and Jenny, whom we don't really know, we offer our sympathy and prayers. We know Betty will be missed by everyone. Tom Hamilton


April 29, 2013

I didn't know you well but got the chance to talk to you while my husband Andrew was treated for his cancer,thank you for being so nice to me. God bless your family at this time and so glad I met you.

Debbie Leatherman

April 29, 2013

Jenny, Christy, and family,
Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. You will all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.