Betty deBeck Johnson

November 19, 1919 - May 21, 2012
Betty deBeck Johnson

Betty deBeck Johnson, 92, of Oak Island, N.C. passed away peacefully at home in the company of her children on May 21st, 2012. Betty was born in East Orange, New Jersey on November 19th, 1919 the only daughter of the late Ethel Rake Chase and George Lawrence Christian Archibald vonBeck.

Betty B. graduated with honors from Bucknell University in 1939. She married the late James Floyd Johnson of North Wilkesboro, NC in 1940 and raised 5 children in Winston-Salem, N.C. while pursuing her career with Western Electric as an Editor and Engineering Associate. She spent time in the field with her job in both Eluthera and Iran. Betty volunteered with Contact Help for a number of years and travelled to Hawaii, the Fiji Islands, New Zealand, and Australia with the organization.

Miss Betty, as she was lovingly known to her Oak Island friends retired from Western Electric in 1978 and moved to Oak Island that same year. She opened the Treasure Room, a Hallmark Gold Crown gift shop in 1979. The Treasure Room was a favorite of Oak Islanders for many years. Betty owned a duplicate bridge club on the Island for a number of years, taught bridge, and played at the Oak Island Senior Center. She played poker with the boys and bingo with the girls several times a week at the Oak Island Moose Lodge and the VFW.

She always said ‘I wasn’t born on Oak Island, but I got her as quickly as I could. This amazing Mom, Mema, Friend, and Mentor will be deeply missed.

Betty is predeceased by her grandson Bobby James of Oak Island. She is survived by her 5 children Eddie Johnson of Las Vegas, NV, Carol Buckwalter (David) of Columbia, SC, Dianne Bradley of Jacksonville, FL, Laura Holzbaur of Winston-Salem, NC, and Chace Johnson of Oak Island; her 7 grand children Tom Johnson of Arcata, CA, Dianne Johnson of Las Vegas, NV, Eric James of Columbia, SC, Christopher Holzbaur of Winston-Salem, NC, Shannon Lindsay of Newberry, SC, Alfie Hipps of Columbia, SC, and Amy Sizemore of Hobe Sound, FL; and her 5 great grandchildren Drew Johnson of Newton, NC, Grace Lindsay of Newberry, SC, Bryson Hipps of Columbia, SC, Bobby, and soon to be Michael Sizemore (due in June) of Hobe Sound, FL.

Please join us for a Celebration of Betty’s Life at 10:00a.m., Saturday morning, June 2nd at the Yaupon Beach Fishing Pier, 705 Ocean Drive, Oak Island, NC; Myron Kessler presiding. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center of Brunswick County, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • May 27, 2012
    Sharon & Skip Williams says:
    Dianne, Carol and family we're thinking of you. I know you have many happy memories of your Mom, and I hope those memories help to comfort you during this sad time.

  • January 26, 2013
    Arnold Ventura says:
    To the family,in behalf of my family,please accept my deepest condolences,after long years of trying to locate to contact and thank her for the greatest gift she had given me, "MY EDUCATION" I'm saddened to know this way it would be ...I'm a sponsor child of "MISS BETTY" here in the Philippines.Way back 1978-1989. I'm very grateful to have her as my sponsor in Christian Children's Fund (Philippines), I work at the Government now, I owe her everything that I had now. to the survived family thank you also, I had a picture of your family and bobby.. God bless - Arnold Ventura

  • May 26, 2012
    Jean M. Marlow says:
    My Dear Eddie, Carol, Diane, Laura & Chace. My heartfelt sympathies to you all. I have such wonderful memories of Betty, especially our lunch-time bridge games at WE. Your mom's time at Oak Island was surely the best of all. I shall be with you in spirit on June 2nd. Love to all

  • July 18, 2018
    Karla de Beck Niederberger says:
    Dear Eddie, Carol, Diane, Laura and Chace - I am six years late in sending condolences to you all. Betty and I were 1st cousins - our fathers, George and Oscar were brothers. My name is Karla de Beck now Karla Niederberger and I grew up in San Diego where your grandfather George lived. I was hoping that at least one of you has taken an interest in family history.and would be interested in sharing information or receiving a copy of the small book I am in the process of writing about our grandmother's/great-grandmother's life, Sylvia Krogh von Beck. I regret that I never talked to your mother before she died or ever met her. From the pictures my family has of your family, you seem to be a big happy clan. Please let me know if you are interested one way or the other, [email protected]