To my Mother and Best Friend who died on Oct. 31st, 2006.
She was only 68 years old when she passed away from Ovarian Cancer. I took this photo of her 3 weeks prior to her death after she knew she was terminal and she was told that she had weeks to live.
She maintained her charming personality, love and support for everyone. She had been told about her cancer only after she was in the late stages. She did try various chemo treatments. After the second phase of chemo, when things were initially looking up, during a “waiting period” many cancer cells came back with a vengeance. She started a third round of chemo, but it made her too sick and she made the decision that she was finished… We couldn’t convince her to continue and she died about 4 weeks later.
Betty Corless was an Artist, Floral Designer, Homemaker, and World Traveler. She was athletic in her younger days and was Co-Captain of her Basketball Team at North Charleston, SC High School. She continued her education through life experiences of world travel learning about other people and cultures first hand.
One of the things that she was proud of was being able to share her experiences and information about life and culture from some of the places that we lived. She told me that living in a College town like Auburn, AL (home to Auburn University), she was asked to give a talk about Turkey to the Ladies Group of Auburn. She expressed the fact that she was a bit intimidated because most of the ladies were so well educated with multiple Masters and Doctorate degrees. (Although she never attended college, she worked and helped to put my father through school.) But she did do the presentation and felt a lot of satisfaction that she could share a knowledge and experience that she had. She also had the opportunity to give these presentations to the local schools for children too.
She provided organizations and friends with her floral arrangements that she would create with either fresh or dried flowers. She gave her artwork for charity donations and auctions.
She was always so giving and sharing. She gave with everything that she had. When I was young, I did assume that everyone must have a Mother like her. All my friends used to tell me that I didn’t know how lucky I was to have a Mother like her. The point was that I did know that I was fortunate in this way because people had been telling me this my whole life.
I feel that if I could do anything in this world to help I would to try to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer and help raise money for research to find a cure. That is why I’ve created this tribute for my Mother. I’ll be trying to raise funds in every possible way that I can by giving a percentage from my own personal art sales or asking for direct donations to this organization.
(From her loving daughter, Donna Corless)
Can you please help me make a difference in other people’s lives?
Last updated on: 04/22/2009
She was one of my three sisters whom I love very much. Betty was always interested in my photograpy while in college and posed on numerous occasions. We all miss her!
Reggie Robinson – 05/14/2009
AFAICT you’ve covered all the bases with this awnesr!
Frenchie Frenchie – 06/02/2011
Glad I’ve fnailly found something I agree with!
Mimosa Mimosa – 07/14/2011
Your mom was a wonderful lady and she made everyone she knew feel special. I miss her too.
Sharon Laird – 09/07/2011
god rest her soul in the heaven really she was a great women as i read .life in the heaven is unending life and her reward to us is you Donna our professional artist.
ibrahim Alghannam – 05/14/2012
Got Pope, Need No Bart firstname.lastname@example.org Flushing NY The Holy Father gone to Turkey to reedem and consecrate the Greeks,so don’t need no more soviet temples. Don’t need no gyro blimpie Bartwhen got a regular Pope without the diner attitude. My pop kepthitting momma with a skillet on the head. Friends ended up in thehospital after their pop beat them. Pops got drunk and ruined myfirst car. Killed two cats and a dog, thrown out the window.Neighbor drowned the canaries in ouzo, lit, ate them. Ma overdidwhip so she could give less pie. All our stuff came pilfered, withlogos. Greeks overcook all meat so no one knows is bad. Anotherbanned tenants flushing toilet paper. Waiters inpune sanitationbecause “dirty is natural and healthy.” Priests just answered “behave,respect, tradition!” Now priest comes “no intercommunion!” Where washe when we needed him to protect us from our crazy parents? Don’tsell me “educated Greeks” because we know all them Trojan Horsecheated on the exams. Besides it’s just TV repair school. Rememberall those jailed old disco Greeks, tax cheats to “protest” Jerome Fordstopping the Trojan Horse in Chyprious? We can’t get good jobsbecause no one trusts Greeks, because of Trojan Horse. They alwaysfaked reading Greek. That’s why we borrowed regular Catholic booksinstead of read Greek. Sure, we sacrifice to Greek myths three timesa year to please yiayia, and she’s nun the wiser when we go to regularCatholic Mass on Sundays when she bummed from bouzaki dances. Ain’tneed no more Bart, just the regular Pope. That’s why we all marriedregular Catholic when we grew up. So they can trust us.
Vonta Vonta – 09/03/2012