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Betty Jane Stroup Korb, 90, retired teacher who shared her love of history and appreciation of nature

Betty Jane Stroup Korb
Betty Jane Stroup Korb

WILMINGTON — Betty Jane Stroup Korb, 90, died on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. She was born Aug. 24, 1928, in Gastonia and was the daughter of the late Benjamin Fitzhugh Stroup and Blanche Elizabeth Bowman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Carl Wilhelm Bissenger Korb Jr.

Betty was a graduate of the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina — now UNC-Greensboro. She attended law school at UNC Chapel Hill. She was a lifetime teacher, having taught English and social studies for New Hanover County for over 25 years and was a member of North Carolina Retired Teachers Association.

Betty loved her family and friends. She enjoyed sharing her love of history and appreciation of nature through her many stories and tales. She enjoyed camping in the mountains with the family. In later years, she especially enjoyed visiting with her children, grandchildren and granddogs at Topsail Beach. She was blessed to have all her children celebrate her 90th birthday with her in August. Betty loved to sing and would often sing hymns, Carolina Fight Songs and World War II songs.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wilmington. Both she and her husband made sure all of their kids attended Sunday school, weekday church school, youth group, Scouts, band practice, piano lessons and knew they were loved.

Betty’s life was well lived. Her memory is cherished by her children, Elizabeth Korb-Queen (James C. Queen) of Arden, Carl W. B. Korb III of Wilmington, Mary Korb Smith (Thomas J. Smith) of West Virginia and Benjamin Stroup Korb (Helen Gray Korb) of Calabash. In addition, her memory is cherished by her six grandchildren, Trenton Lee Smith (Erin Rundberget), Clinton Patrick Smith, Caroline Ashley Smith, James Michael Andrew Queen, Michael Meriwether Jr. and Margaret Anne Meriwether; great-grandson, Anthony Valentino Meriwether; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or your favorite charity for hurricane Florence relief.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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