OBITUARY

Betty G. De Guenther

March 4, 1927April 4, 2021

Born Betty Joan Griffin on March 4, 1927 in St. Petersburg, FL and moved to Tampa in 1941. First, in remembrance of Betty DeGuenther, this is a celebration of life, love and laughter. Preceding Betty in death is husband Paul DeGuenther and daugther Julia Taylor. Betty is survived by sons: Paul (Norma), Michael (Rebecca), David, brother Ralph (Gloria) Grandchildren: Michael Albert, Michael, Matthew, Jimmy, Kenneth and son-in-law Joseph Taylor. Betty graduated from Plant High School in 1945 and then attended the University of Miami, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business in 1949. There she met her husband Paul and they embarked on a wonderful journey. Also, at the “U,” Betty became a member of Delta Delta Delta, served as President, and remained a proud, lifelong member of her beloved sorority. Betty was an adventurous soul and a Florida girl through and through, loving to travel and meet people. In her younger days, Betty loved to water ski, camp and fish. As a military spouse, Betty gracefully navigated frequent moves all over the world, kids in tow. The love of travel never diminished and after retirement, Betty and Paul continued trips to many destinations and events including the 1980 Olympics, Vegas trips, the Keys and long drives across the nation. Betty often spoke about how much she enjoyed RV living and going “off the grid” in the 90’s. Betty loved sports! She, of course, was an avid Hurricane fan but loved the Gators, Bucs and rarely missed a Rays TV braodcast! She still closely followed her Plant Panthers as well. She loved to dance, sing and was as comfortable in the ball gown as she was in regular house clothes. There was that Elvis shirt she wore for years! Most of all, Betty loved her family and friends. Notably, neighbors and faithful friends Suzy and Bob Beatty and Eleanor Brooks were always there for her. During her last years, she still always had a smile to wear that could not be hidden by a mask. She still had the light of her blue eyes. Betty was comforted in her later years with the help of her daughter-in-law Norma who was there for her when needed. In her last years, she got great enjoyment from her doberman “Gracie” and african gray parrot “Leroy” named after the bucanneer. Leroy was 45 years old before passing away two days before her. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Life Path Hospice of Florida.

Services

13 April

Visitation

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories

4207 E. Lake Ave.
Tampa, FL 33610

13 April

Funeral Service

2:00 pm

Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories

4207 E. Lake Ave.
Tampa, FL 33610

13 April

Interment

Myrtle Hill Memorial Park

Immediately Following Service

5048 E. Lake Ave.
Tampa, FL 33610

Memories

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Richard Gaspar

April 12, 2021

Betts was a second mother to me. She put up with David and our gang of little rascals throughout high school, college, weddings, kids and funerals. She always kept a smile on her face and love in her heart. I will miss you dearly! Condolences to her family and friends....Love and miss you Betts!
Sincerely,
Rick Gaspar and family

Bette Volz

April 5, 2021

Paul, Mike, and David,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She holds a sweet spot in my heart remembering all the time that we sat in the bleachers together at East Bay Little League. We shared each other's situations of raising a family and watched the years pass by. Your mother was a strong lady and I am stronger from knowing her.

Marie Pimperl

April 5, 2021

To the Deguenther Family:
Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories extends its heartfelt condolences. Our sympathy and thoughts are with you.
Sincerely,
Marie Pimperl,
Director of First Impressions

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY