Betty Rodie remembered by a friend

Posted 9/9/17

To The Editor:

In the fall of 1967, a lifelong friend — Helen Mizelle — nominated me to fill a vacancy at the Bradley County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

When I was welcomed by the …

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Betty Rodie remembered by a friend

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To The Editor:

In the fall of 1967, a lifelong friend — Helen Mizelle — nominated me to fill a vacancy at the Bradley County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

When I was welcomed by the chapter executive, Betty Rodie, I was instantly impressed with her demeanor, her leadership characteristics and her beautiful smile. Having just moved to Cleveland, I soon decided the Red Cross chapter was where I wanted to dedicate my civic responsibilities to the community.

In the fall of 1968, our chapter chairman was transferred out of the area and I was contacted by Betty to ascertain if I would fill the unexpired term of the chairmanship. I was honored to be asked to serve in that position, and as fate would have it I served three more terms as chairman under the guidance of my dear friend, Betty Rodie.

Ultimately, the Bradley chapter’s geographic parameters expanded to four surrounding counties, so it was felt a more descriptive name for the chapter was in order. Thus, the Bradley chapter became the Hiwassee chapter.

Serving with Betty through disasters, funding problems, American Red Cross reorganizations from the top and Bradley Memorial Hospital’s decision to suspend the use of Red Cross blood were seemingly earthshaking, but not to Betty Rodie. Our Hiwassee chapter adopted the challenge of providing a chapter course in CNA (certified nursing assistant), providing much-needed employment to the hospitals and nursing homes in the area.

It was my distinct privilege to serve alongside Betty Rodie a total of 32 years, observing her calm demeanor along the way.

If God had an angel here on earth, Betty Rodie filled that role for Him.

Rest in peace, dear Betty. When Christ returns to this earth, He will welcome you into Paradise with a, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

A lifelong friend,

— Craig S. Parrish

Ponce Inlet, Fla.

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