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In Memory Of Our Poets

Sarah "Sally" Baldwin Bethea (Roth) (1918-1997) - Class Of 1936

ROTH, Sarah Baldwin Bethea, 78, a resident of Montgomery, AL, died on Friday, August 1, 1997 at her residence after an extended illness.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Baldwin Bethea and Minna Wellborn Dent Bethea; by her husband, Lt. Colonel John Sim Roth; and by her sister, Mary Elizabeth Bethea Vickers.  She was a lifelong member of St. John's Episcopal Church and a life member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.  Graveside services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery on Monday, August 4, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Jim Walter, officiating.  Friends and family members will assemble at the gravesite.  She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Minna Dent Roth Hill and Michael R. Hill, Montgomery, AL; two step-children and in-laws, Teddie Roth Jones and Paul Jones, Charleston, SC, and Phillip Roth and Laura Ann Jones Roth, Montgomery, AL; four granddaughters: Sarah Bethea Hill, Julia Edith Hill, Michelle Elizabeth Hill, and Laura Rachel Hill, all of Montgomery, AL; five step-grandsons, and two nieces.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in her honor to St. John's Episcopal Church.


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05/26/10 12:52 AM #1    

Minna Dent Roth (Hill) (1970)


02/26/12 11:02 AM #2    

Minna Dent Roth (Hill) (1970)

Sarah "Sally" Baldwin Bethea Roth

Born: December 13, 1918, at home, 12 East Jeff Davis, Montgomery, AL
Died: August 1, 1997, at home, 3310 South Hull Street, Montgomery, AL

The daughter of Theodore Baldwin Bethea and Minna Wellborn Dent Bethea, Sally was educated in the public schools of Montgomery, and studied piano and dance, which was her first love, throughout her school career.  She graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1936, with a Latin Diploma.  She attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn, Alabama for only two years due to the Depression, and upon her return home, she was employed by the Farm Security Administration.  During World War II, she began working at Maxwell Field as a secretary.  Also during the war, she served as the secretary of the Cadet Club.

She married John Sim Roth (Lanier Class of 1932) on January 2, 1952, and resigned her position at Maxwell, but two years later resumed her job at Maxwell to support the family of six due to Johnny's illness.  After twenty-nine years of working as a Civil Servant, Sally retired in 1971.

She had two step children:

Theodora "Teddy" Kay Roth (Miller) (Jones), Born August 3, 1944 (Lanier Class of 1962)
John Phillip Roth, Born May 3, 1946 (Lanier Class of 1964)

and one daughter:

Minna Dent Roth (Hill), Born December 6, 1952, (Lanier Class of 1970)

Sally was a member of the Francis Marion Chapter of the DAR in Montgomery, AL, a lifetime member of the Colonial Dames of America, and a lifelong member of St John's Episcopal Church in Montgomery, AL.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and by her only sister, Betty Bethea Vickers (Lanier Class of 1928).

She had Four Granddaughters:

Sarah Bethea Hill, Born August 27,1978 (Lanier Class of 1996)

Julia Edith Hill Woodall, Born December 6, 1981

Michelle Elizabeth Hill, Born July 12, 1984

Laura Rachel Hill, Born July 23, 1986

Five Step-Grandsons:

Patrick Newton Miller, Born March 3, 1970

Brian Gregory Roth, Born December 27, 1971

Jon Marshall Miller, Born April 11, 1974

Todd Phillip Roth, Born December 11, 1974

John Herbert Roth, Born August 2, 1976

Two Great Granddaughters:

Hailey Noelle Woodall, Born April 25, 2000

Hannah Faith Woodall, Born May 6, 2002

Nine Step Great-Grandchildren:

Brian Gregory Roth, Jr., Born September 11, 1998

Ann Burks Roth, Born January 22, 2002

Emory Anne Roth, Born August 2, 2004

Peyton Beville Roth, Born April 10, 2006

John Lawson Roth, Born May 24, 2006

Thomas Mackin Roth, Born June 4, 2009

Rachel Elizabeth Miller, Born June 15, 2009

Frances Jones Roth, Born June 18, 2009

Ashley Caroline Miller, Born February 8, 2012

And two nieces:

Elizabeth Bethea Vickers Warren

Minna Catherine Vickers Jerkins

From Many of the Descendants of William Fitzpatrick and Celia Anne Phillips, by Minna Dent Roth Hill

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