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Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Gabbard

December 16, 1940 — August 17, 2018

Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Gabbard

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Gabbard born December 16, 1940 passed away on Friday August 17, 2018 at Erlanger Medical Center after a short illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Truman Scott Gabbard and her parents Frank and Catherine DeFrank Barberio of Cleveland, Ohio.

Betty worked at AT&T in Colorado, New Jersey and finally Nashville, Tennessee where she retired in 1998. She and her husband Scott retired in Athens, TN where they spent 15 wonderful years together being a part of the tight-knit Athens community, serving God at St. Mary Church and traveling extensively around the world.

Betty was known for a strong connection to her Catholic faith, her generous nature and her sense of fashion and style. She would often be seen with her wonderful friend, Karen Morgan, on marathon shopping trips and buzzing through town in her sports car. After Scott's death, she returned to work at Met Com Credit Union where she enjoyed working with her colleagues and serving the community. Betty will be missed greatly by her family and friends. Especially her daughter who regarded her as " the perfect Mum."

Survivors include

  • Daughter and son-in-law; Annette and Paul Lanham of Nottingham, England;
  • Niece and spouse, Lisa and Rick Bliss (who was like a second daughter);
  • Sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy Wimmer, Janet and Bob Murmann, and Susan and Chuck Trimble;
  • Brother and sister-in-law, Lou and Mary Anne Barberio all of Cleveland Ohio, 
  • Brother-in-law and spouse; Toney and Neva Gabbard of Brighton, Michigan.
  • Loved by many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be 10:00 am Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Orr officiating. The interment will follow at McMinn Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends Monday, August 20, 2018 from 4-8 pm at the funeral home.

Those unable to attend may send condolences to

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.

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Past Services

Interment following funeral service

St. Mary's Catholic Church

1291 E Madison Ave, Athens, TN 37303

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