CONCORD Wilma Elizabeth "Betsy" Matthews Heath, 79, of Concord, went to be with her Lord Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Accordius Health of Concord. She had been in declining health but death was unexpected. Betsy was born Jan. 14, 1940, in Forsyth County, a daughter of the late Luther James Matthews and Wilma Elizabeth Fussell Matthews. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Jim Matthews, and her husband of 51 years, the Rev. Larry Michael Heath, Sept. 7, 2013. She is survived by two sons, L. Michael Heath Jr. and his wife, Melissa Marie Moore Heath, of Lexington, N.C., and James David Heath of Concord; six grandchildren, Carson Heath, Weston Heath, McKinley Heath, Bryan Heath and wife, Kendra, Andrew Heath and Aaron Heath. She was also survived by four great-grandchildren, Sophia, Ava, Eliora, and Declan; and one great-granddaughter expected in June. She is also survived by one brother, Ronald Matthews and wife, Althea, of Huntersville; a niece and nephews. Betsy was a longtime member of First Assembly. She was the daughter of a preacher and was a preacher's wife. She and her husband founded and led the Married Couples Connect Group and served as a volunteer at the Billy Graham Prayer Center. She enjoyed participating in Mission Work at home and abroad. She loved to entertain and enjoyed the holidays. Betsy and her late husband traveled throughout the world and she especially enjoyed going to the beaches of North and South Carolina. Betsy was a very devoted wife and mother, enjoying anniversaries and Valentine's Day with her husband. She loved eating chocolate, blueberries and ice cream. A service to celebrate Betsy's life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 13, in the sanctuary of First Assembly Church conducted by Senior Pastor Dr. Doug Withrup and founding Pastor Tom Whidden. Interment will follow in Carolina Memorial Park beside her beloved husband. The family will receive friends at Whitley's Funeral Home today (Sunday, Jan. 12), from 2 to 5 p.m. She will lie in state at the church, 30 minutes prior to final rites. The family request that memorials be made in her memory to the Billy Graham Prayer Center c/o the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Pkwy., Charlotte, NC 28201. Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Heath. Condolences may be sent at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.
Heath, Wilma Elizabeth "Betsy" Matthews