Betty Jean Leavine
March 29, 1929 – September 29, 2020
Betty Jean Leavine, 91, of Tampa, was called to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.
She was born to the late Ernest and Catherine Byrd and lived in Tampa most of her life. Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband of 74 years, Wallace Eugene Leavine. She was a woman who loved the Lord Jesus and strove to serve him all the days of her life. She was a member of Trinity A.R.P. Presbyterian Church for the past sixty eight years and served in various ministries throughout those years. She was a wonderful loving mother and grandmother known as "Nana" to her grandchildren, whom she loved and adored. Those left to cherish her memories are: three daughters and their spouses Michele (Rick) Dixon, Madlyn Leavine, Gay (Frank) Carter and son Chip (Traci) Leavine; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren, her loving sister Serena (Bub) Harley, and her nieces and nephews, as well as many friends that were like family to her. Earlier in life she enjoyed playing bridge, spending time on the beach, gardening, entertaining and traveling. As her health began to prohibit her from these activities she started hosting "movie night" with friends. Due to Covid, a private service will be held at 11:30am on Wednesday, October 7th at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Terrace Oaks Chapel located at 12690 N. 56th Street in Temple Terrace. The service will be streamed live for all to view online at www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/tampa-fl/betty-leavine-9385118. Betty will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery next to the love of her life, Wallace. The family would appreciate you sharing your fond memories and thoughts on Betty at www.blountcurryterraceoaks.com. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made in her honor to Samaritan's Purse at: https://sampur.se/34gNNOu
- Samaritan's Purse
Private Family Service with available Livestream
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Betty Jean Leavine
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October 7, 2020
What is there to say about someone like Betty Leavine...still "Aunt Betty" to me. There are a few people you meet in your life that when you are around them...everything changes.
Uncle Wallace and Aunt Betty achieved what is so rare today..they were truly in love with one another their entire life.
How lucky was I to have been raised among people like Betty Leavine. My greatest memories are from my youngest days as a child...with my family on summer vacation at Indian Rocks Beach, and the Leavine family nearby at the same time. The meals, the laughter, the kindness and most of all..you felt 100% surrounded by unconditional LOVE.
Today, Mom, Glen and I rest easy knowing Aunt Betty is in paradise and I am sure she heard those words from our Lord...job well done.
I will never forget her and I cherish the day I get to see her again along with Uncle Wallace and my Father- Chuck Gilkison who passed away on Aunt Betty's Birthday in 1999.
To the entire Leavine Family...Michelle, Madeline, Gay and Chip..to their spouses, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren - The Gilkison Family sends our thoughts and prayers and much love to you now and forever more.
October 5, 2020
I have so many wonderful memories of my Great Uncle Wallace and Aunt Betty. As a child, they certainly revolve around our Easter celebrations with the extended family at their home on the lake. As a young adult, I welcomed the visits when I would come home to Tampa--usually to introduce the newest member of my growing family. They always showed such genuine love and interest in the life we were living and in sharing our deep family roots. Later in life and until present, I marveled at how well they embraced technology and used it to share their faith as well as their incredible wit and humor. I'm proud to say Aunt Betty made me blush on more than one occasion! I'm so grateful my children had the opportunity to come to know and love them during these times. They will be missed, but we are so happy knowing the are together again!
October 4, 2020
Aunt Betty was always a ray of sunshine! Married to my mothers youngest brother, she and Wallace shared their Lake home for many Easter Egg Hunts as my children were growing up. There home was always filled with love. Many happy memories fill my heart. She will be missed by many. Our hearts and prayers go out to her wonderful family.❤️❤️
Rev. Robert W. Ackerman
October 3, 2020
I graduated from Erskine Theological Seminary in June of 1964 and became the pastor of the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Tampa. Wallace and Betty Leavine were always actively involved the the life of the Church. Wallace was an Elder and Betty served in the Women of the Church, taught Sunday School, Bible School, as well as faithful in attendance and service in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. When our congregation moved from Tampa Street and Park Avenue, both Wallace and Betty were both actively involved in the move. We changed our name from First Church to Trinity Church. I spoke with her, by phone and in person and she was ready when Our Lord called her home. Her home life was filled with love and laughter. Thanks be to God for her prayers and service. My Love and Christian sympathy are extended to Michele, Madeline, Gay, Chip and the rest of the family. I can say we were all blessed by Betty's life.