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Betty Ray Lacy Swan, 75, native of Columbia, KY (1942-2018)

She was an accomplished artist who often remarked that she never grew up. She captured the nostalgic scenes and places of Kentucky by brush with oils on canvas, created Belsnickels from items gathered around the farm, and learned to play the dulcimer and share its rich history. An inspiration to her family and all who met her, she had a passion for art, antiques and culture and for the importance of preserving history for future generations.
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Betty Ray Lacy Swan, 75, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2018, at her home in Louisville, KY, with her loving husband, Maurice Franklin Swan, by her side.

Funeral Services for Betty will be held at 11amCT/12noonET Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Ratterman Funeral Home in East Louisville, 12900 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY with burial in the Middletown Historic Cemetery. Visitation will be held 3pm-6pmCT/4pm-7pmET Monday and before services on Tuesday after 10amCT/11amET at the funeral home.



Betty Ray Lacy Swan, 75, native of Adair County, KY (1942-2018)

Betty Ray was the daughter of the late Raymond & Nellie Lacy. She was born in Columbia, Adair County, KY November 1, 1942. She died July 6, 2018, at her home in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY, at the age of 75 years, eight months, and five days.

She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Home Economics and received her Master's from the University of Tennessee in Extension Education. Her career with the UK Extension Service took her to the Jefferson County Extension Office, where she was introduced to the love of her life, Maurice. The couple were married in Middletown on August 13, 1984, and they spent 34 years sharing an unconditional love for one another.

A creative since childhood, Betty Ray was an accomplished artist, and she often remarked that she never grew up. She captured the nostalgic scenes and places of Kentucky by brush with oils on canvas, created Belsnickels from items gathered around the farm, and learned to play the dulcimer and share its rich history. An inspiration to her family and all who met her, she had a passion for art, antiques and culture and for the importance of preserving history for future generations.

She cared deeply for her family and friends, and as she leaves this world, we are reminded to carry on Betty Ray's adventurous spirit and her drive to always live life to the fullest.

She is survived by:

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home
Located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia, KY.
To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone (270)-384-2149, or e-mail: grissomfuneralhome@windstream.net.
Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.

G & G Monuments
Todd and Mandi Green and Jared Conover
1670 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY. email: toddg12@windstream.net, 270-634-0359
First Quality Marble and Granite

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home
Established 1922 | 210 Greensburg St., Columbia, KY 42728 | Jeff Jessie, Owner
270-384-2145, www.stottsphelpsmcquearyfh.com, email stottspm@duo-county.com


Betty Ray Lacy Swan, 75, native of Columbia, KY (1942-2018)



2018-07-08 - Louisville, KY - Photo from the family.


Betty Ray Lacy Swan, 75, native of Columbia, KY (1942-2018)


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