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Betty Ann Beloat
Nags Head- Betty Ann Beloat of Nags Head died March 31, 2012 in the Outer Banks Hospital. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Margaret Reddington, and was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Beloat, and her siblings Edward Reddington, Jr. and Dorothy R. Clark.
A retired teacher, Betty graduated from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, in 1952. She taught in various schools in eastern Kentucky before fulfilling her life time wish to live in Nags Head. Her first summer in her new home, 1979, marked the beginning of her affiliation with the LOST COLONY, as a cast member. She continued to enthusiastically support the famed drama throughout her life.
A strong Democrat, Betty believed in public participation in local government. To this end, she served the town of Nags Head in several capacities, including the planning board, and was recognized for her civic commitment by the Mayor in 2002. She served as an officer for the Dare County Arts Council in its formative years. As a patron of the arts, she coordinated trips from the Outer Banks to southeastern Virginia for performances of the Virginia Symphony and Virginia Opera. She was a member of the Outer Banks Presbyterian Church and the Christian Women’s Study Group.
Betty continued her teaching career, spending many years as a substitute in the Dare County system, particularly enjoying her work at the Alternative High School in Manteo. As a hostess, she greeted diners at some of the finer Outer Banks restaurants, including A Restaurant By George, R.V.’s, and Sugar Creek. Betty loved all visitors, especially children, considering herself an Outer Banks ambassador. Her proudest achievement was the publication of two children’s books, THE WINGED PONY and THE SECRET AT SUGAR CREEK.
One of her greatest joys was entertaining her two grandchildren, Davis and Caroline Jones. Though born in Georgia, their relationship with their “Gram” made them feel like Outer Banks locals. Her most faithful companion was Eppie, her shelter dog. Betty and her golden retriever walked the dunes for twelve years.
Survivors include her daughters Hollis Beloat (Buddy Johnson) of Nags Head, Natalie Jones (Chris) of Acworth, GA and Meg Beloat of Manteo, two grandchildren, Davis and Caroline Jones and eight nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at the Gallop Funeral Services Chapel MP 16 Nags Head, Wednesday, April 4, at 3:00 pm. Friends may visit in the chapel one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dare County Libraries, 400 Mustian Street, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 or Food For Thought, Post Office Box 1167, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. Condolences to the family may be expressed via the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.