Betty "Ma Bet" Rice Ketterer, 91, of Newport, passed peacefully on Monday April 12, 2021, at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Noe-Brooks Funeral Home in Morehead City. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in the chapel. Follow this link to view the live stream service https://youtu.be/cDuOv0dwoFs
Bet, or Ma Bet as she was affectionately known, was born on September 18, 1929 to Carl Chadwick and Minnie Belle Rice in Carteret County. Bet was talented in many diverse areas. Bet was a skilled seamstress who made curtains and many of her daughter's clothes. She was an avid golfer, and was a member at different times of both Star Hill Country Club in Cape Carteret where she a member of the Star Hill Ladies Golf Association, as well as Morehead Country Club. Bet took up golf in her 40's, but became passionate about the game. She had several holes in one, held the Club Champion title, won multiple tournaments, and won and medaled in many State Play Days. In her younger years, Bet could "cut a rug". Many times when her sister was visiting from Florida, they would be known to move the furniture out of the way and jitterbug for hours. Her love of nature was evidenced by the hummingbird and bird feeders, her green thumb, and the hours she spent in Bogue Sound, and would host holiday events in her backyard overlooking Bogue Sound. Bet loved clamming and being on the water fishing and sailing with her beloved Ket. Of all her hobbies and interests, she most loved her children and grandchildren, and doted on them, and was often heard telling them, "Love YOU mostest!"
She is survived by her three children, Harold Donald "Don" Ketterer, Jr., of Atlantic Beach; Leslie H. Ketterer of Pelletier; and Joan Ketterer Jeffcoat (Dennis) of Columbia, SC; her grandchildren Chelsea Ketterer (Luke Styles) of Port Macquarie, Australia; Grayson E. Ketterer (Emily) of Morehead City; Renata L. Jeffcoat of Ridgeland, SC; Mallory E. Jeffcoat of Bluffton, SC; Marley A. Ketterer of Wilmington; and great grandson Wesley of Port Macquarie, Australia. She is also survived by nephews James E. Willis of Naples, FL; Charles C. "Chuck" Willis of Morehead City; Jeffrey Willis of Morehead City. Nieces: Gail Rice Thompson of Havelock; Christy L. Willis of Morehead City, and numerous great nieces and great nephews.
The family would also like to express their gratitude to the neighborhood 'family' of Pearson Circle, especially Barry and June Page, Wanda Padgett Murray, and most notably Millicent Page, who provided exceptional love and care for Bet. The family also thanks Dr. Alonzo Davis and his office for their care and compassion over many years of caring for Bet.
Bet was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Chadwick Rice and Minnie Belle Jones Rice; beloved husband, Harold Donald "Ket" Ketterer; sister Lucy Belle Rice Willis; brother William Leslie "Bill" Rice; brother James "Jimmy" Rice; niece Donna Kay Rice Weeks.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bet's name may be made to Mercy Ships, WEC International, or uwsportsministry.org.
Condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at www.noebrooks.net
Arrangements by Noe-Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City, NC
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