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Betty Ileane Beiser

September 26, 1917August 11, 2019
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Betty I. Beiser, 101, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family on August 11, 2019 at Sun City Center Hospice House. Betty was born on September 26, 1917, in Martinsville, IL to Samuel and Sarah Lane. She graduated from Shurtliff College with a BA in Education soon followed by an MA in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) from the University of Illinois. Betty started her lifelong career as an educator in 1937 in the town of Grafton, IL. She gradually moved from the regular classroom and into the field of Hospital/Homebound students, where she first began teaching children with physical disabilities. The superintendent in Alton, IL, got wind of her and created a special position for her at the Boul’s Building where her exceptional students had their own classroom! In the meantime she met the love of her life, Dr. J. Ryan Beiser. They were married on August 10, 1950 in Clay County, Arkansas. Not long after, they vacationed in Florida and decided to stay, asking their friends and family to pack up and ship all of their things! Betty quickly secured a job because she was qualified and prepared to teach exceptionalities that no one else could. When 1957 rolled around, Betty became both the principal of Bayside School and a mother! She was never an assistant principal, moving directly from the classroom into administration. Bayside was a school for exceptional students of all kinds and levels of challenges. Under her administration, Bayside School also become the first integrated school in Hillsborough County. By the early 60’s mainstreaming of exceptional students had become a priority and Betty became the principal of Stephan Foster EL and its state of the art exceptional student wing. She was not to remain there forever, moving on to Temple Terrace EL and away from ESE in the early 70’s, where she remained until her retirement in 1984. Always the educator, she then spent ten years supervising interns for both USF and NOVA, as well as helping her daughter and son-in-law every single day with her grandchildren. . Betty was an accomplished seamstress and could whip up a creation in nothing flat. She even reupholstered the family furniture numerous time. Never one to sit still, Betty painted the family home inside and out on a rotating schedule. Betty had an exciting, rich, and impactful life. She traveled by train all the way from Alton to Los Angeles during WWII to build bombs for Lockheed. She put herself through college during the Depression and landed a good job in 1937! She loved to read and planned fantastic road trips for her family every summer. She courageously moved all the way to Florida with Ryan to forge a new life… and what a life! She fulfilled her own mother’s dying wish to, “Take care of the children, Betty,” millions of times over. Betty is survived by daughter Theresa Miller and son-in-law Bruce, as well as granddaughters Katherine Ilene and Allison Ryan. Joining us in our grief is the family of beloved friend, Ella Mae Watson and dear friend, Kitty Cairo. Also surviving are her sister Mary, her brother Sam, and dozens of nieces and nephews. Betty is predeceased by her loving husband, Dr. J. Ryan Beiser, as well as her brothers; Ted, Gene, and Fred, and her sisters; Billie, Francie, Bev, and Pat. The family would like to thank Janice Thornton for her service as a loving companion for Betty, the staff of 3A at Brandon Regional Hospital, and most especially, Kim and Nikki, of the Cranberry Team at Sun City Center Hospice House. A visitation will be held at the Mcloughlin Center behind Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609 on Friday, August 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. There will be a graveside service for family on Saturday. The family will be having a Celebration of Life for Betty in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LifePath Hospice in Betty’s name.

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  • Betty is survived by daughter Theresa Miller and son-in-law Bruce, as well as granddaughters Katherine Ilene and Allison Ryan. Joining us in our grief is the family of beloved friend, Ella Mae Watson and dear friend, Kitty Cairo. Also surviving are her sister Mary, her brother Sam, and dozens of nieces and nephews. Betty is predeceased by her loving husband, Dr. J. Ryan Beiser, as well as her brothers; Ted, Gene, and Fred, and her sisters; Billie, Francie, Bev, and Pat.

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  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019

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Amy Hooper

August 16, 2019

My deepest condolences to Bruce, Theresa, Katie, and the Miller family. I unfortunately never had the opportunity to meet Katy's Grandmother, but her life still shines on through Katy as can be seen in these beautiful pictures selected to represent her life. Wow, what a wonderful life she experienced during her 101 years! You will all be in my thoughts and prayers during this painful time.
Love,
Amy Hooper

Jeanne Vince

August 16, 2019

What a smile Betty had and what hospitality she gave to us whenever we came over for a visit. She really cared for her house , doing her own mowing, growing orchids without any bother, just hung them out in that lovely big yard. We have many happy memories of shared birthday dinners at the Colonnade, always started with a cocktail. She was a woman of small stature and strong constitution. We had wonderful conversations and much laughter; she always willing to help in ways I would never have considered. I am so glad she is part of my history and part of my understanding. God bless you, Betty, for your love and for the companionship you have given to us. Love from The Vinces

Tanly Cabrera

August 14, 2019

My deepest sympathies to Theresa and the family. Mrs. Beiser was my principal when I attended Foster Elementary. I always remembered her fondly as being sweet and caring. As a student, I used to volunteer in the special education wing. This would have an impact on my future.
Many years later, I became a special education teacher and eventually, an elementary principal.
Mrs. Beiser came to see me at my first school as a principal. She came to congratulate me and wish me well. I’m so glad I was able to tell her the impact she had on me and that I could only hope that my students would have the same love of me that hers had for her.
Thank you for the positive impact you had on the thousands of children you cared for and loved. RIP .

Barbara Edson Jones

August 14, 2019

Always loved the times Betty and mom spent together ---- enjoying their Saturday evenings together !!!!!!! Amazing lady that helped my daughter find the right person to talk to in order to become a student/graduate of University of Tampa --- loved seeing her throughout the years !!!!!! Blessings to a beautiful lady !!!! Enjoyed our time together growing up in the same neighborhood ---- I know that you are going to be truly missed by all the loved ones that are here to love the memories that you have helped them create over the years …… Love you lady

Tasha Lohman

August 13, 2019

My love and sympathy to the family.
Betty was a wonderful lady. So full of joy and laughter. She will be greatly missed.

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