Betty McElhannon Hale

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Betty McElhannon Hale, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 18th, 2022 at her lifetime home of Dacula, Georgia after 89 years and a wonderful life.

Betty looked forward to reunion with her loving husband of 59 years, Ralph Griffin “RG” Hale, Jr., former Dacula city councilman who preceded her in death in 2008; also preceding her in death were parents Albert Guy and Mary “Lemma” Daniel McElhannon of Dacula, GA; daughter-in-law Deborah Lynn Hale of Between, GA; brothers James Mell McElhannon, Albert Guy “AG” McElhannon Jr., sister Mary McElhannon Dalton and her husband William T. Dalton all of Dacula, GA, brother-in-law William “Mahlon” Burson Jr. of Lawrenceville, GA, brother-in-law George Mitchell of Dacula, GA, brother-in-law Robert Malcom Hale and his wife Charlene Dee Weaver Hale of Monroe, GA, and brother-in-law James “Jimmy” Thomas Hale of Monroe, GA.

She is survived by her children: Dennis Michael Hale of Between, GA, Joan Hale McMillian and her husband Morris Barrett McMillian of Dacula, GA, Albert Griffin “Griff” Hale of Dacula, GA; sisters Mavis McElhannon Burson of Lawrenceville, GA and Carnethy McElhannon Mitchell, sister-in-law Mary “Adeline” Malcolm Hale; grandchildren Zackry Morris McMillian, his wife Alicia McMillian and son Barrett McMillian of Cumming, GA; Amanda McMillian Edmondson, her husband Nathan Allen Edmondson and children Charlie Morris Edmondson and Claire Elizabeth Edmondson of Dahlonega, GA; and Dr. Ralph Griffin “Rusty” Hale III and his wife Tabitha Robbins of Gainesville, GA.

Betty graduated from Dacula High School in the class of 1950 with many life-long friends, but devoted her life to her husband and children.  She worked for Gwinnett County Public Schools from 1973-1993 primarily at Dacula Elementary as a library clerk encouraging a love of reading in children.  Upon retirement she continued serving her community on the Gwinnett County grand jury and many years on the City of Dacula Planning Commission.  She cared deeply for her hometown of Dacula and her family is very proud of her dedication to community service as well as advocacy, leading a letter-writing campaign among other efforts to influence the allocation of a library in the City of Dacula.

Betty shared many wonderful travels with her husband and great friends.  She loved books and reading as well as leading and participating in Bible studies with friends and family.  Her greatest work was however done individually, as her charm and ability to both speak and truly listen enabled her to council and encourage countless friends over the years.

Betty spent her final years at home pouring love into her children, grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.  She woke daily with a positive attitude, a smile and excitement, praising the Lord out-loud and thanking Him for the day that would follow usually including: avid bird watching, defending birds from squirrels, enjoying her flowers, and providing wise council to whomever the Lord sent her way.  Her life was a legacy of simply loving people.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for all to memorialize and give thanks for her wonderful life and homecoming; officiated by Marvin Westbrook on August 13th at 2:00PM at Wages & Sons Funeral Home located at 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy Lawrenceville, Georgia. WWW.WAGESANDSONS.COM / 770-277-4550

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations please be sent in honor of Betty to the Rainbow Children’s Home in Dahlonega, GA or to Lighthouse Baptist Church of Dawsonville, GA. WWW.RAINBOWCHILDRENSHOME.ORG / WWW.LIGHTHOUSE-BAPTIST.COM


Celebration of Life: August 13, 2022 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046



Gwinnett Memorial Park
925 US Highway 29 S
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


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  1. So very sorry for your loss! So good to know she is now pain free and that she is making small talk with Jesus!!

  2. What a blessing to have know this sweet lady, I can’t wait to spend time with her again one day in glory! I will be out of town when you celebrate the full life she lived, my prayers are with you as you learn to navigate life without her here with us.

  3. CandleImageLoved y’all for many years, a big loss. God Bless the family ????❤️

  4. So very sorry for your loss. She was a sweet lady. I worked with her at Dacula Elementary for many years. She will be missed.

  5. CandleImageSo sorry for your loss. Betty such a sweet kind friend. She always had that sweet smile and laughter. We always had fun on her Friday hair visits. She loved all of her family and I enjoyed the stories. God touch bless touch you all.

  6. CandleImageWe will miss Betty, always kind and full of laughter. I always enjoyed our special visits at the beauty shop, Friday’s were always fun. She loved all of the family so much. I enjoyed the stories she will tell about her children and grands. God touch and bless you all. God give you peace Joan, Dennis and Griffin. Love and Hugs.

  7. CandleImageGrandma, thank you for pouring into my life and the life of my family. Thank you for bouncing Charlie on your knee for hours to help him go to sleep and for covering us in prayer every day. Thank you for loving us. We will always love you and miss you.

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