Betty Bennett Hastings
1931 - 2019
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Betty Bennett Hastings was born on March 12, 1931 and joined the Lord on November 28, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana surrounded by her loving family. Betty was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of West Monroe and later of First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. Betty received a B.S. in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University. Her keen intelligence and business savvy enabled her to become a pioneer of women working in the 1970's as she earned her way to becoming Executive Vice President of Troy and Nichols, Inc. in Monroe, La., one of the largest residential mortgage companies in the South. Troy and Nichols was acquired by Chase Manhattan Mortgage from which she retired in 1993. Betty was active in several organizations including serving as a loaned executive for United Way, President of the Junior League Association; President of the Bayou DeSiard Country Club Ladies Golf Association, Director of the Monroe Rotary Club, an officer of Chauvin Racquet Club, Kappa Delta Sorority Alumni, and Monroe Garden Club. She enjoyed playing golf and tennis, skiing, gardening, cooking, decorating, attending church activities, as well as spending time with her family. Betty is preceded in death by her parents Fred E. Bennett Sr. and Nancy Ward Bennett, her brother Dr. Fred E. Bennett Jr., and her mother-in-law Katie Ford Kramer. Betty is survived by her husband of 67 years Walter L. Hastings, her four children, eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Her children and legacy include daughter Kay St. John, husband Glenn, son Robert, wife Elizabeth, and their two children Isabel and Robert Clay; her son David Hastings, wife Dana, their three sons: Neal Hastings, wife Anne, and daughters Louise and Caroline; son Jeffrey Hastings, wife Halley, and daughter Lola; son Bobby Hastings and wife Jenea; her son Dan Hastings, wife Mona, two daughters Jennifer and Sarah Crook, husband Chet and sons Beau and Bennett; son Hunter and wife Christin; and her daughter Jane Sherman, husband Steve and their four children: Stephen, wife Ainsley, Kramer, Bennett, and Elizabeth. Betty is also survived by her sister-in-law Alice Bennett, niece Allison, two nephews, Fred III, wife Judy, Frank, wife Karen, along with several other relatives. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 6 at 9:30 am at First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge followed by a memorial service at 10:30 am. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. A private burial service will be held in West Monroe, La. The family expresses its appreciation to Dr. David Hanson and his staff at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center for their compassionate care of Betty, as well as to The Hospice of Baton Rouge. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Foundation, or the charity of your choice.

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Published in The Advocate from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6, 2019.
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December 9, 2019
David, Dana and family,
Our sincere condolences and prayers at this time grieving the loss of your mom. May God's graces and support of friends help comfort you.
Carl & Marlene Sheely
December 6, 2019
Walter, I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your precious lovely wife Betty. May God's grace grant you comfort and peace as you deal with her passing.
Julie Law
December 5, 2019
As I was growing up, I admire Betty and looked up to her. So beautiful and so nice and kind. My heart is filled with Blessings from knowing her. Remembering her family at this time for they are all friends of mine. God Bless you.
Faye Parker Farmer
December 4, 2019
Mr. Walter, Dan and the Hastings family, I am praying for your comfort and peace in this time of grief. I love the fact that God calls Himself "The God of all grace..." I know you are sensing His firm grip of grace in these difficult moments. Much love... many prayers.

"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." 1 Peter 5:10
Tom Lowe
December 4, 2019
Mr. Walter, Dan and the Hastings family, I am praying for you during your time of loss and grieving. I love the fact that God refers to Himself as "The God of all grace." I know this God of all grace is holding you in His firm grip today. Much love.... many prayers!

"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." 1st Peter 5:10

Tom Lowe - Christ Church
December 3, 2019
Walt, Our prayers are with you, asking GOD to comfort, Bless you with HIS Grace and Mercy.
Al amd Diane
Al and Diane Long
December 3, 2019
Dan and all the family: You are all covered in prayers for an outpouring of His unsurpassed peace upon each of you as you mourn your loss of your loved one. May the Holy Spirit provide comforting directly and may all those God has intertwined your lives with, provide comforting indirectly through their prayers and outreach.

Your brother-in-Christ,
David Thiels
David Thiels
December 2, 2019
Joe and I love you and Betty and we are so sad to hear she has passed away. But we rejoice in knowing that she is with our Lord and Savior!! God bless you dear friend. Hugs and Blessings, Cheryl and Joe Stewart (Sunday School Class)
Cheryl and Joe Stewart
December 2, 2019
W alter and family, I am sorry to learn of Bettys' death she lived a long enjoyable life I know you will Miss her,but be comforted by her memory. George Sartor
George Sartor, MD
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