Betty Qualls

June 2, 1927 - September 16, 2017

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   Betty Ruth Nisbett Qualls died at home in Bloomington on Sept. 16, 2017. She was born June 2, 1927 to Roy Elam and Pauline Prater Nisbett in Rutherford County, Tennessee. She graduated from Central High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and earned her BA from Middle Tennessee State College (now Middle Tennessee State University), MS. Lib in Library Science and MA in Counseling from Indiana University.

While a student at MTSC, she met Millard Houston Qualls in the school library. They married in 1947, raised seven sons and traveled the world. He preceded her in death in 2005.

   She taught school in Columbia Tennessee, and Harrodsburg and Edinburgh Indiana. She also worked for RCA in Bloomington and served as an interviewer for the Gallup Poll. She was active in local politics and served as a Precinct Committeewoman for the Democratic Party. An active community member, she volunteered with Opportunity House for many years and performed in community theatre productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Ruddigore; or, the Witch’s Curse” and Tennessee Williams’ “Night of the Iguana.” She attended the Bloomington Friends Meeting.

   She is survived by her brother Harry Elam Nisbett of Tennessee, seven sons and daughters-in-law: William Carver Qualls and Linda Mary Connell of Christchurch, New Zealand; Harry Franklin Qualls and Nancy Ellen Jacobs of Statesboro, Georgia; George Andrew and Barbara Shanks Qualls of Bloomington, Indiana; Kenneth Prater and Ying Wong Qualls of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Roi David and Linden Bauman Qualls of Yellow Springs, Ohio; John Michael and Karen Hansen Qualls of Cumming, Georgia; and James Qualls and Cynthia Gail DeGrand of Columbus, Ohio. Also, eighteen grandchildren: Yosef Vahid, Aqdas May, and Enoch Khalil Qualls and Kate Elizabeth and Hilary Jane Searles; Juliet Ruth and Stewart Varqa Jacobs; Bethany Erin and Catherine Emily Qualls; Philip Choong and Alexander Choon Qualls; Munirih Leona and Anisa May Qualls; Sonja Hildegard Elizabeth, John Michael, and Stephanie Greta Elena Qualls; and Henry Langston and Joseph Qualls DeGrand; twelve great-grandchildren, beloved nieces and nephews and family friend Michael Stephens of Bloomington, Indiana.

   Betty will be remembered for her genuine kindness and sociability. She was unfailingly encouraging to those she met and made an effort to turn strangers into friends.

   Interment will be at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept 23, 2017 at Bloomington Friends Meeting Meetinghouse (3820 E Moores Pike, Bloomington, IN 47401). At 5:00 p.m., there will be a Quaker Meeting for Worship in Thanksgiving as shown in the life of Betty Qualls at First United Church (2420 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401).

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Bloomington Friends Meeting, PO Box 2303, Bloomington IN, 47402, and earmarked for the Renovation Fund.

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It was a blessing to have met and known Ms. Betty.  She was such a friendly and enjoyable person to hold a conversation with.  She was sweet, generous, thoughtful, and kind.  It is amazing how she raised 7 wonderful sons, to be just like her.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her families.

    Yong Goh and Oon

It has been a joy and privilege to have known Betty, sweet woman, and to be included in the circle of friendship within the inclusive family she created. Her sons are a credit to their mother and their father, and have created wonderful families of their own.

    Judy Farnsworth

Love and prayers to your family and loved ones, from your family of the Bloomington Amateur Radio Club.   God bless.

   Jimmy Merry, Jr.  President Bloomington Amateur Radio Club