Elizabeth (Betty) Butler Gaither
May 10, 1944 ~ October 16, 2022
Elizabeth (Betty) Butler Gaither of Nashville, Tennessee died at her home on Sunday, October 16, 2022, after a brief battle with cancer. She was 78 years old. Betty is survived by her partner Alton Huffines, her children, Chris O’Rear (Lynda), Mike O’Rear (Julie), Casey O’Rear Wilson (Jamie), and her 11 grand-children – Rachel, Jessie, Elizabeth, Michael, Jacob, Anna Grace, Mary Catherine, Katy Grace, Johnathan, Sydney, and Dru – and her 4 great grandchildren – Mason, Michael, Malory and Jonah. Betty is also survived by her sister, Luan Butler Vinson of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Betty was born on May 10, 1944, in Louisville, Kentucky to Herman and Lorelei Smith Butler. Betty earned a B.S. degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and a B.S.N. from Belmont University in Nashville. Betty worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and later provided nursing care in at least three different substance abuse programs in Kentucky and Tennessee. Betty and former husband, Doug O’Rear, the father of her three children, were active members of First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Woodmont Baptist and Harpeth Heights Baptist Churches in Nashville. Betty taught several Sunday School classes and she was appreciated for her insight and humor in teaching. In her later years, Betty attended Crosspoint Church and First Baptist Churches in Nashville. More recently, Betty practiced a more private spirituality and had become more ecumenical and interfaith in her beliefs. She had a generous spirit towards all people. She was a persistent advocate for the marginalized of our society and advocated for radical love for all. She appreciated the beauty of nature and enjoyed traveling when she was able to. She was an avid gardener and loved animals. She was a regular contributor to animal causes. Betty enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren and created wonderful opportunities for gatherings at holidays and birthdays. Her backyard pool was the site of many memorable gatherings. She provided opportunities for family vacations at different beaches over several years. She will be remembered for her generous spirit, her silly sense of humor, her deep faith, and her care for people and animals who were less fortunate. There will be a small family memorial service at a later date in which the family hopes to once again gather at a beach together in her honor. Memorial gifts may be made to the Nashville Humane Association at Nashville Humane Association at 213 Oceola Avenue Nashville, TN 37209 or by giving online at https://nashvillehumane.org/give/. Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104 (615) 857-955. We are proud to be West Nashville & Bellevue's only locally owned and operated burial and cremation provider.