Betty Jean Weaver Sanford, 89, of Birmingham passed away peacefully on Dec. 22.
Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Hugh Sanford, Sr; her parents, Doctor Claude Weaver and Ida Weaver; brothers, D.C, Elmus and Ray Weaver; sisters, Mary Belle Self, Dorothy Likis and Madge Marion.
Betty had a special love for her son, John and daughter-in-law Donna, who were always there for her support, encouragement and love. John and Donna’s devotion to Betty and any other requests she made were readily accommodated.
Also, left to cherish her memory are: Sister, Joyce Herndon and being one of eight siblings she had several nieces and nephews, who helped her many times in her golden years.
Sanford attended Phillips High School and Birmingham Business College. Her first job was with Birmingham Trust National Bank and then on to Jefferson Federal Savings, but her real passion and love for make-up and beauty led her to Lovemens/Pizitz/McRae’s where she worked in cosmetics the rest of her career.
Sanford loved the Lord and wanted her family, friends and all she came in contact with to know Him also. For many years, Sanford was an active member of Huffman Baptist Church where she was a member of “The Mary” Sunday School Class.
She dearly loved each and every one of her Birthday Club Group, including Doris and Morris Bryson, Martha and Winston Hearn, Inez and Oliver Holmes and Eula and Mark Ingram. Sandord was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Salvation Army Auxiliary and Birmingham Humane Society. Her creativity and imagination, along with a passion for writing and scripture, made Sandford an entertaining and captivating author of many short stories. She filled numerous journals with her descriptive writings, most of which were love stories. Her dream was for at least one to be published.
Sanford was well-known for many years as a model at The Club and her fashionable style remained throughout her lifetime. There was never too much “bling” for “Ms. Betty”. Enjoying the Florida Gulf Coast with family and friends throughout the years brought her great joy. During the last years of traveling, Sanford enjoyed trips to the casinos and especially treasured week-end trips to the Beau Rivage to play the slot machines where she was thrilled to win (if only a few dollars). This brought a big smile to her and those who were with her.
Sanford loved reminiscing by sharing her numerous photo albums with all. Her zest for life shined in all she did! The family wishes to thank Danberry for her last several years of taking wonderful care of her at a fabulous facility.