Betty Etchison

By January 21, 2014 Obituaries

Betty Etchison, Known as “Betty B”, 89, of Hanahan, South Carolina entered
into eternal rest on January 21, 2014 at Hospice of Charleston in Mount
Pleasant, South Carolina. Betty was born in Sept. 1924 in Pennsylvania
to Thomas and Gertrude Gibbons.

Betty grew up in Michigan and graduated from Melvindale High School
in 1941.

She married Arthur Luke of Flat Rock, Michigan in 1943. They were happily
married for 18 years and had 5 Children. Betty was a member of the American
Legion Auxiliary Post 166 and Eastern Star Chapter 53 in South Carolina.  She
attended Tall Pines Baptist Church when able. She enjoyed playing her
accordion, giving of herself unconditionally to help others and expose
people to the wonderful joy of music.

Betty was preceded in death by parents, Thomas and Gertrude, Brother Jerry,
Husbands, Arthur, Daniel, Harley and Son Robert.

Betty is survived by her children Kathryn and (William) Duffett of Florida,
Arthur and (Peggy) Luke of Michigan, Constance and (James) McCluskey of
Michigan and Susan Luke Taschner of South Carolina. 15 Grandchildren, 19
Great Grandchildren and, 2 Great Great Grandchildren. Sister, Ruth Souders
of Michigan, Brother Thomas and (Jean) Gibbons, Brother William and (Sally)
Gibbons both of Florida.

Arrangements by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation &  Burial Services, North Charleston, SC.


  • Susan says:

    My Mother, My Buddy, Pal and Best Friend. My Mentor, My Partner in life and music. We shared so much of each other’s lives in good times and bad. We shared heartaches and laughter and secrets none others have known. We had a special bond between us. I will always rejoice in celebration of her life and love for people and music. She was my Angel and I was hers.

    She never met a stranger and was always ready to help others. Her physical being may be gone but her memory and good deeds will live on.

    Mother I miss your presence but I know where you are and you will live in my heart forever and ever until we meet again……


    • George & Sandy Hearn says:

      Susan, We are so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. She was a very sweet & talented lady. I know that you will miss her dearly. But have comfort in knowing she is playing music with the Heavenly Band. Just imagine how beautiful it must be. One day we all will be united with our love ones who have gone on before us. What a rejoicing time that will be for all of us.

      Love you !

      George & Sandy

  • Connie says:

    Mom your body may be gone but not your spirit, your love, the sounds of your music, laughter and all the advise you ever gave to me will always be with me and I’ m sure many others. I will miss you and I am fortunate to be your daughter. We shall all be together again some day.


    • Connie, I just sent this email to your brother and sister. Then decided to check the obituary page again, and when I saw this, I thought perhaps I could get it to you here. Let me know what your email is.

      Hi, I am your cousin (Billy), Bill and Joyce Gibbons son. I sent a condolences email to Susan, which I suggested she could forward since hers was the only email address I had. In case she did not, when I received the obituary email, and saw your addresses, I decided to send one directly to you.

      For someone who does their own website work, I am not particularly proficient at online stuff (could not even find the leave a comment button on the obituary page), and am not on Facebook, or anything else. I used to combine my Poetry & Pictures in small photo books for giving out or mailing at times like this, but when the company supplying the books stopped making them, my next alternative was to put a version of my “A Time To Mourn” P&P book on my website. Here is the direct link:

      I still do not have an email address for Connie and Jim. Do either of you have one for them?

      God’s peace,

      Acts 5:29

      • Connie says:

        hey Billy,
        Glad to har from you even at this sad time. I don’t Email too much now that I got on face book. I almost didn’t go back into Mom’s obituary but something made me go there. Sure glad I did or I would have missed your message. keep in touch.
        love Conie

  • Helen Powers says:

    Susan, the total love and joy that you and your Mom shared on that cold winter night after the movie a few years ago will always be in my heart and memory. I am blessed to be a part of your lives. The unique bond that unites us all will alwayhs remain strong. Love and prayers. Helen

  • Norma Pichardo says:

    Betty B was a bright light in every life she touched. She was full of life and lots of fun to be with. When she passed it was like one of the lights went out on Broadway.

  • Bob Roberts says:

    I met Miss Betty several years ago through a mutual friend, Mr. Don Stallard. We quickly became friends and played music together very often. Many times after playing music, we would go to Alex’s Restaurant in Goose Creek and enjoy fellow shipping together. I also became friends with her lovely daughter, Susan. I will sorely miss her, and will always cherish our friendship, our time together, and her memory. I know that she is in Heaven now, because of her own Christian Testimony she gave to me on many occasions. May God bless all the family in these hard times.

  • Anna Marie Jones says:

    Ms. Betty B,

    I only new you for a short time but my heart is full of memories of you yodeling on command during bunco and playing your accordion for a crowd of people. I thank God for bringing you into my life, oh how I am going to miss that sweet sound of yodeling which is Truely a gift in it self.

    Susan I am Truely sorry for the loss your mom, she was a very special lady what a gift God gave me when I met her and became part of the bunco crew. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family during this difficult time knowing that your mom is yodeling her heart out with God and playing that sweet sound of the accordion.

    Gods peace,
    Anna Marie jones

  • Carol Sotelo says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Betty’s demise. I only met Betty in November, 2013 while we were both rehabbing at Life Care of Charleston. We immediately took to each other as we shared the love of music – and lo and behold! While at the Life Care Center, Betty played her accordion and I came upon a keyboard and we did some duets and tickled the staff!! I spoke to Betty not long ago and we promised to get together very soon and “jam” again with our music. She was a pleasure to know, and I am so sad that we did not have more time together!

  • Katy Duffett says:

    My mom, I will miss her so much. She taught me how to sew, to cook, to clean, crafts. We always had fun. We shared laughter and sarrow. I will miss phone calls. We laughed at our dogs, the time our 74 pound dog got on her lap, mom holding her little dog and our big dog on a chair. We shared a lot in the 69 years of my life. Enjoyed her reading the bible to us when we were children, then she would play us a tune on her accrodian.We enjoyed living in Hawaii with her .We enjoyed helping her with many things she needed done , and going to her jam sessions. Mom was a very full of life, happy person. She brought joy to a lot of people. We will miss her terribly. Rest in peace mom, I love you, Katy

  • Connie Barnes says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out friday.
    Ms Betty B was a Beautiful lady! She was love by all.
    But she is in a very peaceful place now with no pain.
    She always had a special place In my heart and I was
    lucky to have and know her as a friend!

    With love,


  • Lynn Hunt says:


    Thinking of you…… Dean and I are here for you if you need us…. Lynn

  • Joe & Nadine says:

    During life people are always looking for their own type of treasure. Betty was the kind of treasure you don’t really expect to find but are glad you did. We met Betty through Susan and she treated us like family from that day on and We are sure she made a lot of people feel the same way. Betty loved her music and along with friends that was all she needed to make her happy. She could make people that didn’t like the type music she liked to play say hey that’s not so bad and their feet would start tapping to the beat. She will be missed by all and whenever the Bluegrass music starts to play we will think of Betty and a smile will follow remembering how big she would smile when she played.

    Joe and Nadine Cooper

  • donald vaughn says:

    Susan I’am sorry to hear that your Mom has passes away. You should be relieved she is in a better place and not suffering no more.

  • Joanne Gardner says:

    I met Ms. Betty a few years ago. She came to Conway, SC with my uncle Bob Roberts. We hit it off immediately. I could sit and listen to her play for hours. We had a senior banquet at the church I attend and she and Bob came to entertain us. I will never forget we had a man that also attended that church who had Alzheimers. He never talked, just tagged along with his wife. Well, when Ms. Betty cranked up that accordian and then started yodeling, that man stood up and started hollering. We were shocked because like I said he never talked. I am so glad I met her and had the opportunity to spend some time with her. All of her family members are in my prayers.

  • Marion Brill says:

    Your mom was a wonderful woman and everyone will miss her beautiful smile. I know that no one will ever know the strength of the bond the two of you shared. I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to witness that bond over the years, experiencing the beauty of the love between the two of you is something that I will always cherish..
    Much love, Marion

  • Donna Jackson says:

    Miss Betty was a wonderful person. She was a joy to be around. I’ll miss partnering with her at Bunco.


  • Richard Harmon says:

    Miss Betty was a true lady and a rare jewel. I met Betty through Don Stallard and had the pleasure of playing with her many times over the years. She was a person who included everybody and was quick to share her knowledge of music. I loved to tease miss Betty , she always enjoyed a good laugh. I remember the radio show her and Harley had on the local AM station. It was reminiscence of the great radio shows from a different era. I will miss Betty very much and I am sure many others will too.

  • Mary Evans says:

    Susan, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a sweet lady and I am so glad that I was able to get to know her. She always seem so happy when we played bunco together. I know that you and your family will miss her. She was so blessed to have a daughter like you who loved and cared for her. You were such a dedicated daughter. May God be with you during your time of sorrow. She will be sadly missed. Take care.

    With Deepest Sympathy,

    Mary Evans

  • Jeff Rose says:

    Miss Betty….you will always have a place in my heart. That you are loved by so many, is a testament to your beautiful spirit. I will miss you and playing and singing with you.
    Our…”Borrowed Angel”….. has gone home……Till we meet again…….Love you and love to Susan!

  • Marilyn says:

    Just learned of your mother’s passing. So sorry to hear you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    If I can help in any way; please do not hesitate to let me know.

    Ladson Self Storage

  • Sean Gibbons says:


    Sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I have some very fond memories of her, especially when my Dad (Jerry) took us to visit her and Grandma in SC. She will always have a special place in my heart.

    Sean Gibbons (son of Jerry and Cheri Gibbons)

  • Donna Wheeler says:

    Ms. B, my dear friend, taught me so much over the years. We shared so many laughs and good times. She was my mentor and love to tell me to “play it again”, then laugh when I’d roll my eyes at her. Her place here on earth will forever remain empty, but, oh what a beautiful place heaven is now that she is there.

    I can only hope that when I grow old I have someone like Susan to take care of me. She never wanted for anything! You gave your buddy the best life had to offer and I’m proud to have been a part of your lives. We’ll always have her with us, because we have no regrets!

    Love you!

    Donna and David