Betty Ann Golden

October 2, 1934April 14, 2018

Betty A. Golden, age 83, died on Saturday, April 14 at WindsorMeade of Williamsburg, Virginia after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 2, 1934 to Thomas and Elizabeth (Friedauer) Beatty, and married John Charles Golden, Jr. on December 27, 1958. She was a graduate of Frankfort High School in Philadelphia and Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Villanova University as well as a Master’s Degree in Reading Education from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She had a 43-year career as an educator in the Neshaminy School District in Pennsylvania as both an elementary school teacher and a reading specialist. For many years, she was responsible for the district’s implementation of federal education grants for schools with children from low-income families. She had a life-long passion for elementary education and reading, in particular, and she touched the lives of thousands of schoolchildren. Prior to retiring to Williamsburg, she lived in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia and Feasterville, Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout the world, and their annual family vacations in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina were among her fondest memories.

Betty is survived by her husband of 59 years, John C. Golden; her daughter, Jill White (Andrew) of Manakin Sabot, Virginia; her son, Gregory John Golden (Jennifer) of Arlington, Virginia; and her four grandchildren, Madeline Keets White, George Warner White, John Charles Golden III, and Blake Gregory Golden. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas W. Beatty (Donna) of Springfield, Missouri, and nephews T. Bryan Beatty (Jennifer) and Andrew Beatty (Angela).

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 26 at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road Williamsburg, Virginia, followed by a reception at WindsorMeade of Williamsburg. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a contribution be made to the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association (, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, Virginia 23502.


  • Service Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Janie Iandola Watkins

May 2, 2018

I am so sorry for the loss of Betty Golden. She will be missed by her family, friends, and all her students. Miss Golden (back in the fifties, all teachers were Miss, even if they were married) was my second-grade teacher. I loved her; she was a wonderful teacher and educator. She encouraged my love of reading and writing and taught me very well. During my graduate studies at Penn State, I taught writing for the Vietnam Veterans College Prep Program and then went on to become a book editor. For thirty years, I was senior editor of publishing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Miss Golden laid the foundation for my love of learning. My memory of her is very fond and grateful. My deepest sympathy, Janie Iandola Watkins

Bruce Robertson

April 28, 2018

John Golden
Hi John, I was very sorry to see that Betty died, although I live in Florida I still get the Chestnut Hill Local where I saw the obituary. It brought back many memories of our friendship many years ago and your son who worked with Robertson's for years. Where do you live and what are you doing anything fun?
Please email me if you have time with an update.
Thank and best wishes,
Bruce Robertson
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William Stosch

April 25, 2018

Mrs. Golden was my first grade teacher at Lower Southamption Elementary school in 1960. I still have my baked clay handprint and a silouette of my head and shoulders which she made out of black and red construction paper. Mrs Golden drew this free hand and made one for every student in her class. From what I remember, she had many talents and cared so much about each and every one of us. May God bless Mrs. Golden.....Billy.

Joan Chak

April 22, 2018

I had the privilege of knowing Betty as a colleague and a friend. Betty was the Reading Specialist at the Walter Miller Elementary School in the Neshaminy School District. When I arrived at Miller Elementary in February of 1990, Betty was an amazing help to me. She was the ultimate professional! She worked tirelessly with teachers, students and the community. I remember so many of our "reading celebrations"...especially one featuring Clifford, the Big Red Dog! Betty, along with John, was also the "hostest with mostest" as she graciously hosted the staff holiday party at her lovely home in Chestnut Hill. Betty's love for her family was so evident...she was supported by John in all her endeavors, and she spoke frequently and lovingly of her children and grandchildren. I had the opportunity to see Betty and John in their Williamsburg home after she retired...she was still vibrant, involved and sharing stories of her lovely family. A life well lived, Betty Golden! You will be missed...but always remembered!

Curt Nelson

April 22, 2018

Mrs. Golden was my 1st grade teacher at Lower Southampton Elem. in Feasterville way back in 1957. I remembered her just the other day when I was helping my grandson tie his shoes. I learned in her class on her husbands shoe nailed to a board. I also remember the first day in her class and the red airplane picture I colored. I have nothing but good memories of her and Lower South. My condolences on your loss. Curt Nelson.

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April 17, 2018

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