Betty Golden

Obituary of Betty Golden

Betty (Varnadoe) Golden, 89, of Ocala Florida, passed away on Tuesday, February 8th. Betty was born on March 19, 1932, in Palatka, Florida.


Betty is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Arthur, ‘Goldie’ Golden on August 27, 2010, and her eldest son, Charles Golden (Barbara), who passed away on September 14, 2020. Betty is also preceded in death by her eight siblings (James Varnadoe, Marion Varnadoe (Betty Sue), Rev. Harry Varnadoe, Mary Theobold McDonald, Dalton Varnadoe, Richard Varnadoe, Barbara Varnadoe Bridges, and Robert Penouilh.) Additionally, Betty is preceded in her death by three half-siblings (Eddie Varnadoe, Eula Varnadoe Marshall and Eunice Varnadoe Nelson.) She is also predeceased by one great-granddaughter, (Elise).


Betty is survived by her sons Richard Golden (Sonia) and Robert Golden (Sherry). Betty and Arthur were blessed with eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, who all called her ‘Gigi.’


Betty worked for Southern Bell and then its various subsequent carriers. She began her career as a telephone operator and moved into progressively more responsible roles. She retired after 40 years of devoted service. She was happiest when she was helping others and she was dedicated to her family. She visited sick relatives in the hospital, made comfort food for anyone who needed it, and spent quality time with her children and grandchildren. Her Thanksgiving celebrations were legendary.


The Golden and Varnadoe families mourn her passing but take comfort in knowing she is in a better place and reunited with those who were called to heaven before her.


Visitation begins at 6pm on Friday, February 18, 2022, at the Hiers-Baxley funeral home chapel. Graveside service is Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 10am at Highland Memorial Park.


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