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Betty Ruth Swaim Mastin

August 20, 1939 — December 12, 2022

Betty Ruth Swaim Mastin, 83, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 12, 2022 at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson.

Betty was born August 20, 1939 to the late Leroy and Lois G. Swaim. The Ronda-Clingman community was her birthplace and the area where she remained all her life. She was the only sister to three brothers who she dearly cherished, Michael Dale “Punkin” Swaim of Hamptonville, and Roger Lee “Bud” Swaim and Roy Gray “Pete” Swaim, both of whom she is now at rest with.

Betty was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who treasured her family with all her heart. She was married to her loving husband, Talmadge “Mitchell” Mastin for 60 years, until his death in 2018. Together they had two children, Chris and Keith, of North Wilkesboro and Ronda respectively, and welcomed two daughters-in-law into their family, Summer, Chris’ wife, and Lori, Keith’s wife. They were also blessed with three grandchildren who she adored, Matt, now married to Mayra, Kayla and Chance, and she was awaiting the exciting arrival of her first great-grandson. Other survivors include many nieces, nephews, and cousins who held a special place in her heart just as she did in theirs.

Betty was a faithful member of Dennyville Baptist Church and served in several roles during the many years she attended there. She held a long tenure as church secretary and she was a talented pianist playing at her beloved place of worship for nearly 60 years. Betty loved the Lord and her church family and was the epitome of the Proverbs 31 woman, whose price truly was far above rubies. She was the quintessential deacon’s wife, both loyal and trustworthy, and supported her husband with encouragement, prayer, and a listening ear. She was also a cheerleader to the disheartened, always voicing an inspiring word to brighten their spirit and restore their heart.

Betty, as the wife of a successful farmer, was savvy at canning and freezing and spent time each summer preserving their bountiful harvest so it could be relished in the months that would follow. She was an excellent cook and took pleasure in filling her table with favorite dishes for family and friends countless times throughout the years. If you ever had one of her brownies, you knew she was the best brownie maker ever! Betty delighted in the simple things in life and had a few special favorites. She enjoyed shopping at Belk, especially the Alfred Dunner section. She loved his clothes! Betty savored a good Pop-Tart for breakfast, Wild Berry to be exact, and in the last couple of years discovered that strawberry ice cream was something she had missed out on her whole life and began enjoying this frozen confection time and time again. She also liked intriguing crime mysteries on TV, and in her younger days, loved to get wrapped up in a good book and solve crossword puzzles. She had a special fondness for red cardinals, a tribute to her late mother who passed down her own love of the bird, and over time acquired quite a collection that was a prized possession to her.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at Dennyville Baptist Church with Pastor Joel Riley and Pastor Dwayne Byrd officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Dennyville Baptist Church, 2713 Old Highway 60, Ronda, NC 28670.

The family is grateful to Wilkes Rehabilitation for bringing joy and contentment to Betty during her last months even though that was unknown at the time. They are also thankful to Yadkin Valley Home Health for their valuable in-home therapy services and Dr. Alexander Snyder, his nurse Sherry, and Clingman Medical Center for their warm and compassionate care. In addition, they wish to express their deepest appreciation to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital ICU Unit for their exceptional effort and Woltz Hospice Home for making her final days peaceful and serene. Special thanks is also extended to her cousin, Kathy Gray, who provided companionship and care for Betty in recent months, along with Ashley Sewell from Wilkes Senior Center and caregiver, Wendy Johnson.

Betty had a gracious spirit and a grateful heart. She will be affectionately remembered and deeply missed by her family and friends, but they’re blessed in knowing that she is in a much better place just waiting for that great reunion day when they get to meet again. The family has felt the prayers that have been prayed for them and requests that you continue to uplift them in the days and weeks ahead as they adapt to this change and aspire to illuminate the memory of a beautiful life.

Betty Ruth Swaim Mastin – At Rest In His Peace and Light

Gentry Family Funeral Service of Yadkinville is serving the Mastin family.


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Lie-in-State

Thursday, December 15, 2022

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Dennyville Baptist Church

2713 Old 60, Wilkesboro, NC 28697

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Funeral Service

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Dennyville Baptist Church

2713 Old 60, Wilkesboro, NC 28697

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Dennyville Baptist Church

2713 Old 60, Wilkesboro, NC 28697

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