Betty June (Raber) Budd

betty (raber) budd

November 5, 1934 ~ December 31, 2022

Born in: Achillis, Kansas
Resided in: Arden, North Carolina

Betty June (Raber) Budd, 88, of Arden, died Saturday, December 31, 2022 at Mission Hospital.

Born in Achillis, KS and raised in Atwood, KS, she was the wife of the late Thomas Dwight Budd, and the daughter of the late Danny Lawrence and Mildred Elsie (Knudson) Raber.

She was a member of Biltmore Bible Church.

At an early age, she learned the value of nurturing land, the importance of community, and the importance each of us has to the duty of our country. Betty will be remembered for her contributions to many programs locally and nationally:

**Taught and led in the Detroit, Michigan and Asheville school systems,

**Participated in special education programs and child abuse prevention services,

**Participated in the Assistant Principals Executive Program,

**Appointed to the Governor’s Executive Management Program Task Force on Domestic Violence,

**Served as Campaign Finance Chairman organizing events for multiple candidates,

**Motivated and rebuilt membership interests for the Blue Ridge Republicans Club,

**Held multiple chairperson positions for the District 11 Republican Party and received the Golden Elephant Award,

**Voted Woman of the Year by the NC Federation of Republican Women,

**Elected as a delegate for the National Convention of the Republican Party, and

**Awarded the Governor’s Long Leaf Pine, a prestigious recognition for those who have made significant contributions to the state and local communities through exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments.

Not only did Betty serve with her time, but she also served her community through music. Those who knew Betty, especially her family, were blessed by her musical talents, which we enjoyed hearing as much as she enjoyed playing on her golden baby grand piano.

Betty is survived by two daughters: Elizabeth Budd of Asheville, and Laurie McIntosh (Jimmy) of Mooresville, NC; two grandchildren: Saxon B. Webb of Asheville and McKenzie Crippen (Clay) of Fuquay -Varina, NC; two great grandchildren: Hudson and Foster Crippen; a sister, Judy Sweeney of Cockeysville, MD; a special nephew, Sean Sweeney (Ruth); and a number of nieces and nephews from Thomas’s side of the family.

We will miss our mother and grandmother greatly, as will her many friends who have expressed their appreciation to us. We thank God for sharing Betty with us.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Father William J. Martin officiating. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of North Carolina online at or to National Multiple Sclerosis Society online at

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Gathering of Friends & Family: January 28, 2023 10:00 am - April 20, 2024 11:00 am

Room: Chapel

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


Memorial Service: January 28, 2023 11:00 am

Room: Chapel

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


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  1. Very saddened by the passing of Ms. Budd. Other than my daughter Kathleen’s mom and sister Melissa, Betty was the most important person in Kathleen’s life; being an encourager and enabler in her physical survival from a serious childhood medical issue followed by her career achievements earning her BA, MS and PhD in spite of being deaf. Betty was more than a second mom, she was Kathleen’s trusted mentor in this life. She found the time in spite of choosing to care for a grandson almost full time. So much to be thankful for from me, Melissa, Nancy (in spirit) and Kathleen (in spirit). Our condolences to all the family.

  2. Betty was truly a Renaissance woman. As a caring and progressive educator, a school administrator, a community political leader, a champion for children and women, an event planner, a gracious host – she seemed to be able to do it all.
    Most of all, Betty was my dear friend who always supported my endeavors. I will miss my good friend and treasure the times we had and memories we made!
    Betty was a bright light in the lives of many.

  3. Betty was a wonderful Lady. She was always pleasant, friendly and had a great sense of humor. My sincere condolences to her family.

  4. Betty Budd was a mentor to so many Republican Women. She was a true leader and tireless worker for Republican principles and values. I valued her friendship and advice as she remained active on the NCFRW Board of Directors until recently. She will be greatly missed by all her friends. Pat C Smith, Past President of North Carolina Federation of Republican Women

  5. The North Carolina Federation of Republican Women mourns the death of Betty Budd, long-time member of the Buncombe County Republican Women’s Club and former NCFRW Vice President, and sends its deepest condolences to her family and friends.

    In 2016, Betty was named her club’s Tribute to Women Honoree, and Betty was elected as an At-Large Delegate to the 2016 RNC Convention. Betty worked tirelessly to further conservative ideals. She will be greatly missed. Kay Wildt, President, North Carolina Federation of Republican Women

  6. Precious memories of our Betty! A truly extra ordinary Lady that made such a difference in the lives of so many people, especially me. Betty engouraged me to go to WCU. No one in my family had seeked higher education beyond high school. Tom, Betty, Liz, and Laurie always welcomed me into their home like family for years! Betty’s presence will be so missed as it today and always. There is a new star shining bright tonight up above and every night. Look up, and you will see that brand new Betty star aglow! Thank you, Betty. We will miss you today and always.

  7. Betty was a remarkable woman and inspirational leader setting an excellent example exemplified by the life she lived. May her memory be eternal.

  8. A lovely lady whom we were so honored to have known. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends but will live on in our hearts and memories forever. Farewell Betty, sweet dreams dear lady.

  9. Betty was a name that Republicans knew throughout NC. Her tireless work with the GOP and the NCFRW set the standard that others aspire to. I will miss her encouragement, and leadership. Rest in Peace my Friend❤️

    Doris M Hawkins
    Hendersonville NC
    NCFRW Mountain Region VP

  10. She is Clothed in Strength and Dignity,
    And She Laughs Without Fear of The Future
    Proverbs 31:25
    This would be Betty Budd

    I have known the Budd family for over 50 years.
    The last time that I saw both Betty and Tom were in SAM’s and the hugs of affection displayed were is if not a day had passed since the last time in the 70’s. The most genuine and heartfelt interest as to what was happening in my life; that I almost did not get a chance to inquire about theirs. But that is the way they were…. always nurturing and encouraging All in this journey on earth.
    Your admirable deeds of a life well lived will be further carried out and bestowed to others from your example. God Speed Betty

    If any 2 individuals can quote the following it would be Liz and Laurie Budd
    “I am A Strong Woman because A Strong Woman Raised Me.”

    Steve and I are thinking of both of you and your families.
    Stephen and Donna Ball-Metcalf

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