Betty Howell Brown

betty brown

March 31, 1930 ~ April 13, 2024

Born in: Greer, South Carolina
Resided in: Mills River, North Carolina

Betty Howell Brown, 94, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2024 at the Landings Of Mills River.

A native of Greer, SC, she was a daughter of the late Columbus Leo Howell and Mary Alice Clement Howell. Betty was also preceded in death by her husband, James Walter Brown and six siblings, Clement Howell, Carl Howell, Bill Howell, Evelyn Frey, Marian Patat and Frances Ridgeway.

Betty was a faithful and active member of Biltmore Church, having served on several committees. She enjoyed flower arranging and turned her hobby into a business as the owner and operator of The Flower Pot. She also enjoyed annual trips to the beach with dear friends and was an avid sports fan. She treasured time with family and her beloved dog, Lucy.

Betty is survived by her two daughters, Kathy Conley (her husband, Carl) and Jayne Brown; grandchildren, Kia Cook (her husband, Briggs) and Jeff Conley; great-grandchildren, Sophie Cook, Eli Cook and Henry Cook; step great-grandchildren, Andrew Cook and Sarah Cook, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 28 at Calvary Churchyard in Fletcher and will be officiated by Pastor Kelvin Moseley of Biltmore Church.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of The Landings Of Mills River and Four Seasons Care for their loving and dedicated care of Betty.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made in Betty’s name to Four Seasons Care ( or to a charity of one’s own choice.

Groce Funeral Home’s Lake Julian team is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: April 28, 2024 2:00 pm

Calvary Episcopal Churchyard
Hendersonville Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. What a great and sweet lady. The whole family was very caring and very kind to everyone. You could pick her flower arrangements out of a thousand. They were that good!,She can now join Jay forever in Heavenly peace

  2. Kathy we are so sorry to hear about your mom! I knew her from the flower shop. Prayers for all of you!
    James and Nona Wilson

  3. Kathy I’m so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was awesome in her flower shop!! She did the flowers for my proms, my wedding and several other occasions. I always enjoyed talking to her and Jay. You had very special parents.

  4. Dear Kathy and Jayne,
    You both know of the sincere love and admiration the Aardema Family have for your Family. Our parents thought the world of your Mama and Daddy. Now they are all four in Heaven, together!
    We express our thoughts and prayers for you all during this difficult time.

  5. Dear Kathy, Jayne, and Carl Webb,
    I am so sorry to read of Betty’s death.
    A beautiful lady-inside and out! I have so many wonderful memories of your family. God Bless you.

  6. Dear Kathy and Jayne, We were so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a wonderful person and will be missed. Your Dad was wonderful,too. We have great memories of shopping at your house for gifts. Betty’s arrangements were the Best!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Love, The Kramer Family

  7. Such a kind, thoughtful and sweet person. She sure left a lot of good memories for everyone to fall back on. She was such a pleasure to be around.

  8. Loved Betty and Jay as neighbors and has fellow church members. Betty was beautiful inside and out, and Jay was always smiling. He and Don always discussed their love of hot dogs.

  9. I took care of Mrs Betty when I first started my health career at the Landings She will always be one of my favorite residents. If I was ever having a bad day she would always tell me I could come hide in her room. She will be truely missed.

  10. Jayne, we are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was such a great lady and she was so talented! 33 years ago, she did our wedding, and we will never forget the perfection that went into every piece. She and your Dad (and you!) were great friends to our family. Our condolences to your family.
    Paula and David Stegall. (And Mary Lou Warrick)

  11. Kathy , Jayne and family! What a wonderful friend Betty was to everyone! She will always be remembered by her kindness, the beautiful flowers she arranged and the time she and your dad gave to the church. I have so many memories from high school through adulthood. I will always cherish the memories!May you find peace and grace .

  12. Mrs (Betty) Brown was one of the nicest people I have ever known. I am glad to have known her and sorry for her loss to all that knew her. Please accept my most sincere sympathy Jayne and Kathy.

  13. Kathy and Jayne your mom was one of the most precious people I’ve known! She was so kind to my mom ! I loved hearing them laugh when playing games at The Landing! Dave and I loved
    Bettys’s hugs and a sweet smile!
    Our prayers are with you and family

  14. How we loved Betty and JW Brown. We met them through their flower shop. My family enjoyed many years of the beautiful flowers and their friendship! Betty did the flowers for my wedding and for my sister’s wedding. She also directed our weddings. No one could make the beautiful arrangements that Betty did! We were spoiled by her talents and extra touches. When JW came with the delivery, he brightened your day with his kindness and smile.
    How sorry we are to hear of Betty’s passing. She truly was a lovely, talented lady! We are so blessed to have known her. God’s blessings to her family.

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