OBITUARY

Esther Elizabeth Acosta

December 6, 1924April 3, 2021
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Esther (Betty) Elizabeth McCormick Acosta-Carter passed away on April 3, 2021. Betty was from a prominent Columbus Georgia family with deep roots in the community. She is preceded in death by her parents Major and Mrs. Edward George McCormick, sisters Lenora McCormick Guy and Helena McCormick Pease and her son Mark St. Elmo Acosta as well as her husband’s Edward I. Acosta and Carroll E. Carter. Betty was the eldest of 4 daughters born to her parents. Betty was born on December 6th, 1924, in Fort Leven Worth Kansas, where her father was stationed in the Army. They relocated to Washington D.C. and then to Puerto Rico for a time. After her father’s passing the family relocated to Columbus, Georgia. Betty was a graduate of Columbus High School, attended Stratford College for a time. In 1945 she married the love of her life Edward I. Acosta from Jacksonville, Florida and they returned to Jacksonville and made it their home. Betty and Eddie as he was known celebrated 40 years together before his death in 1986. A few years later Betty was reacquainted with Carroll Carter and they married at All Saints Church in 1988. They were married ten years and then Carroll passed away in 1998. Betty loved playing golf and volunteered for many years with TPC at Sawgrass. Betty enjoyed her friends and entertaining and hosted many wonderful dinner parties. She loved giving back to the community and volunteering her time. Betty also loved the beach and spending time in St. Augustine with her beloved family. She enjoyed daily walks on the beach and met many lifelong friends along the way. Betty was a longtime member of All Saints Episcopal Church. She attended regularly, till just a few years ago. She loved her church community and all that went with it. She was also a founding member of the St. Mary’s Circle at All Saints. Years, ago Betty was a member of the Geranium Garden Circle and loved flowers and gardening. Betty was a member of San Jose Country Club for 70 years and was an avid golfer and a member of the San Jose Ladies Golf Association. She also participated in the St. Johns Dinner Club. Betty always loved history and had a fond love for charitable organizations, Betty volunteered with the American Cancer Society in many different capacities and made many friendships along the way. She was longtime member of the (NSCDA) National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. She was also a member of the (DAR) National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Betty loved to play bridge and was in several bridge clubs within her church community and SJCC. She leaves behind her beloved pet (Zoey) who has been by her side for the past 8 years. Those left to cherish her memory include her sister Patricia McCormick McNeel (Marietta Ga.) her children Edward George Acosta, Andrea Acosta Newman (Buddy), daughter in-law Mini Acosta. Grammy as they called her, was also the loving Grandmother to Karsen Newman, Kaden Newman, Emily Myers (Mark), Matthew Firkel, Suzann Hobson, and several nieces and nephews. She was also Great- Grandmother to Pressley Myers. She also leaves behind her very caring friend Lisa Armstrong and family for all of her loving, care and deep friendship. Thank you to her caregivers for love they showed this past five years with great care and compassion, Abu Abdela, Jasmine Taylor, Rosario Householder, and Bernadette Hills. A visitation will be held from 4-6pm on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Graveside service will be held at 1pm on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Oaklawn Cemetery. Donations in her name can be made to Jacksonville Human Society, 8464 Beach Blvd, Jax. FL. 32216 or Animal Care and Protective Services 2020 Forest St. Jax. Fl. 32204. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 904-737-7171. Please sign the guestbook at www.hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 11, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, April 12, 2021

  • Reception

    Monday, April 12, 2021

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Esther Elizabeth Acosta

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Nancy Apple

April 11, 2021

Betty was one of the sweetest ladies I know. I have enjoyed living right across the street from her for the past 5 years! She will be missed.

Michael McNally

April 7, 2021

I remember Betty well. Her husband Eddie was one of my Mom's favorite cousins, and mine and my brothers too. I don't remember not knowing Betty and all the fun she meant to the family.

Andrew Lau

April 5, 2021

I loved Mrs.Acosta ,she was a very vibrant witty compassionate lady.I will really miss her.She paid for my dinner at San Jose Country Club that All Saints Episcopal Church held there.I never forgot that act of love and kindness ,and i never will forget her,She was truly one in a million.I send my love and sympathy to her loved ones.I am very sad she is gone.God bless and keep you.

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