Obituary: Betty Scharff Gipson Sinclair

Friday, July 22, 2011

Betty Scharff Gipson Sinclair, 91, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at her central Florida home.

She was born March 12, 1920, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Dr. Edwin Stanly Scharff and Betty Krieger. From age two she resided in New Orleans, La. with her father, a physician and lifetime member of the Orleans Parish Medical Society. She graduated from Ursuline Academy and attended Loyola University where she studied journalism and creative writing. Throughout her lifetime she was a prolific writer of poetry. In 1946 she married L.J. Gipson of Marshall County, where they resided until his death in 1987. In 1995 she married Joseph Jacob Sinclair and moved to central Florida where she spent her final years.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, L.J. Gipson and Joseph Jacob Sinclair.

She is survived by two daughters, Dr. Pearl Sims of Nashville and Marie Carling of Sanford, Fla.; one son, Robert Andrew Adams of Hattiesburg, Miss.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral arrangements were made by Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home in Sanford, Fla.

Her final resting place is the family cemetery in Marshall County.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Council of Jewish Women or the National Humane Society, her favorite charity, as a way to honor her love for animals and the many pets she owned throughout her lifetime. Donations may also be directed to Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund for the dignity the Vitas Hospice Organization gave her in the final hours.

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -

That myth is more potent than history.

I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts -

That hope always triumphs over experience -

That laughter is the only cure for grief.

And I believe that love is stronger than death."

Robert Fulghum