December 8, 1935 ~ November 12, 2022
Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Elizabeth “Betty” Grosvenor Colburn Williamson, 86, of Asheville, died Saturday, November 12, 2022 at her residence.
A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Burnham and Caroline Spalding Colburn. Betty was also preceded in death by her husband, Fred Kent Williamson, who died in 1997 as well as a brother, Burnham S. Colburn, III of Asheville.
Betty attended The Oldfields School for Girls, graduating in 1954. She completed her education by receiving at BA in Art History from Sweet Briar College in 1958.
Betty, as she was affectionately known, was an avid equestrian. She was a National A level Pony Club Examiner and riding instructor. Betty coached many students to both regional and national accolades with her area of expertise in the Hunter/Jumper world. Through her coaching Betty touched the lives of many children in the area and is fondly remembered by all.
Betty was also very active in The French Broad River Garden Club. She was an expert gardener, concentrating on her flower beds and vegetable garden. Betty also enjoyed flower arranging, often entering competitions and winning numerous prizes.
Betty is survived by a daughter, Caroline Colburn Williamson and her husband, Ian Welliver, of Asheville; a son, Dr. Weldon Kent Williamson of Asheville; two sisters, Dorothy S. Rice of Florida and Caroline S. Gilbert of New Hampshire as well as several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, November 28, 2022 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian.
In lieu of flowers, Betty’s family asks that you consider making a contribution in her memory to the Asheville Humane Society.