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Betty Jo (Burke) Rouse

September 5, 1928 ~ November 23, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Betty Rouse Obituary

Homemaker, college graduate at 55, then a business manager, and always a woman of the faith; her heart never far from the sea. Long-time Rose Hill and Topsail Island, NC resident; she made friends everywhere, never forgot them, nor they her. 

Born Sept. 5, 1928, in Catlettsburg, KY, and passed peacefully at age 95 on November 23, 2023.  Twice widowed. In 1946 at Stetson College, she met and married Bolyn McClung. They lived for many years and in many places in Florida before settling in North Carolina.  In 1979, she married widower Lacy Earl Rouse and they had a lovely second marriage.

The daughter of the late Dr. Estill Nelson Burke and late Vida Criswell Burke she is survived by son Bolyn McClung, Jr., former daughter-in-law Donna McClung; beloved step-daughter Jan Fair and step-son Dudley Rouse; son-in-law Barry Owens; grandchildren Joel (wife Diane), Angela and Mack Owens; great-children Ryan and Colin McClung. She was predeceased by sister Barbara Jean Rankin and daughters, Kay Owens and Susan McClung. 

Simple burial Thursday 11 am November 30, 2023, Rockfish Cemetery, Wallace, NC.  Memorial service to be announced in late December.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Children’s Hope Alliance (formerly Barium Springs Home for Children).

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Graveside Service
November 30, 2023

11:00 AM
Rockfish Memorial Cemetery
6270 NC Hwy 41
Wallace, NC 28466


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