She was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Fannie Claye Arterburn; and all three of her siblings: Wallace Arterburn Jr., Ruth Comfort and Lavern Beam.
She is survived by her partner of 50 years, Felton Adams Jr.; her only child, Amy Blake and husband, Milan; and two grandsons (who she was crazy about), Asa and Eli.
She was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church.
She was born in Scottsville, Ky., and was a 1956 graduate of Allen County High School and a 1960 graduate of Bowling Green Business University.
She began her career at Clark Insurance in Bowling Green. Marrying in 1965, she continued her career at Starling and Followell Attorneys in Columbus, Ga. After moving to Nashville, she began working at American Airlines and then moved to Cleveland. She completed her master’s and additional certificates at Alabama A&M and Trevecca Nazarene College while teaching at Bradley Central High School.
In her profession, she was active in Business and Professional Women, or BPW and was passionate about education and improving the school system in Bradley County. As a teacher she was fair, firm and found value in each student.
She retired from BCHS in 1998 after 20 years of teaching in the business department and working in the attendance office. She loved retirement and divided her time between Spring City and Crescent City, Fla.
Her very favorite thing to do was spend time with her daughter and grandsons. She will be fondly remembered for her quick wit, sharp tongue, strong work ethic, incredible wardrobe, love for her friends and the Arterburns, Adams and Blakes, her willingness to try anything and her positive attitude about whatever came her way. Her loss will leave a huge void in the lives of those who knew and loved her.
A memorial service will be planned for a later date.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.wattsfuneralhomes.com.
Watts Funeral Homes of San Mateo, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.