Official Obituary of

Betty Sue (Bonney) Frizsell

April 16, 1930 ~ March 1, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Betty Frizsell Obituary

Betty Sue Frizsell, who was born to Myrtle and Henry Bonney Senior in Jackson, MS on April 16th, 1930, passed away peacefully in her sleep after a brief illness on March 1st, 2024. Her daughter and caregiver, Cindy Nugent, was with her.
Betty was nicknamed "Boop", for the cartoon character Betty Boop whom she resembled. She attended Central High School, where she excelled at basketball. She was employed at the Small Business Administration and Multax, but took her job as mother and her childrens' first teacher most seriously of all.
A life-long reader, Betty taught her youngest child Jill how to read long before she entered the first grade. Betty's daughters Cindy and Debbie inherited her curiosity, love of knowledge and learning. They went on to spend their lives working in libraries. When people came to them seeking information, they'd give it to them, then teach them how to find it themselves in the future. Betty's son Michael distributed government surplus to those in need and was a critical worker in the aftermath of Katrina making sure that supplies were sent to places where they would be of the most use.
A big believer in common sense, Betty considered family travel and home education as important as formal teaching. She often pulled her children from school in order to make trips, and even went to battle with the schools when they objected to this practice. She always won.
The family would travel to and camp in places like the Gulf Coast, the Smokey Mountains, the Painted Desert, the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, Mesa Verde, and the Petrified Forest. She was particularly interested in ancient petroglyphs, and early Native American living spaces like cliff dwellings. She once planned a trip entirely around covered bridge.
Betty was an avid gardener. She passed along her love of gardening to her daughter Jill, who helped co-found Phoenix Garden, which was an abandoned, trash-filled urban lot in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn. It has been transformed into a half-acre farm that feeds the local community fresh produce and is a community hub for distribution and education.
Betty was also an artist: her skills ranged from stained glass to watercolors, and much more. She was a past master at crocheting, creating beautiful delicate bedspreads and bags for her daughters and a few lucky friends and relatives.
Her grandsons Dustin, Sy, Colin, and her son in law, Dennis, are big Star Wars fans, so Betty spent innumerable hours crocheting multiple intricate figures for each of them from the various films. Her son in law, Dennis, loaned his to the Clara Gould Memorial Library at the College of Coastal Georgia - and when it came time to take down the display, students objected - so the collection stayed there for many more months.
Betty always took great pride in her appearance - a snappy and colorful dresser with costume jewelry to match every outfit. She loved shopping for these items and visited the local secondhand stores often.
She had a delightful and mischievous sense of humor and an infectious cackle.
Betty's favorite animal feeder was a wheel that corncobs could be attached to. It was a squirrel feeder, but it was designed in such a way that squirrels could only get in one or two bites before their weight spun the wheel and flung them through the air. Betty loved to watch the squirrels race back to grab another bite and laugh as they flew through the air again. The squirrels loved it and so did she.
A physically active woman, Betty loved swimming, gardening, and biking. At the age of 77, she rode 20 miles in single day around New Orleans - in July. As recently as September of 2023, she was riding an adult tricycle.
Betty was predeceased by her husband Robert, her son Michael, and many of her beloved friends. She is survived by daughters Cindy Nugent, Jill Frizsell, Debbie Holmes and Debbie's husband Dennis Holmes, and Betty's grandsons Dustin Nugent, Colin and Sy Holmes, and their wives, Sara Holmes and Katherine Arrandale. There are also many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you take someone out for a nice meal and say "Thanks, Betty!" in her honor.
Henry David Thoreau said it best:
"On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living - that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world."
In other words, do what Betty would do, since she isn't here to do it anymore. Laugh a lot. Plant a garden. Teach a lesson. Fling a squirrel.
Enjoy life.
A brief service will be held graveside on March [to be announced] at Lake Wood Cemetery at 3/9/24 11:00.

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