Elisabeth “Betsy” Gernert Rosenblatt went peacefully to be with her Lord on August 7, 2022, with her husband by her side. Betsy was born on June 27, 1952, to Richard T. Gernert and Eveline Mowry Gernert in Memphis, TN. She spent her early years in Corinth, MS before moving to Cleveland, MS. Betsy was quite the athlete, particularly in basketball, tennis and golf. She graduated from Cleveland High School and attended Southwestern (now Rhodes) College her freshman year before transferring to Mississippi State University. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority, where she served as pledge trainer.
The summer after her sophomore year in college, Betsy worked at Camp Desoto in Mentone, Alabama, where she met her future husband, Steve, who was a counselor at Alpine Camp for Boys just down the road.
After finishing college, Betsy taught in Memphis. She and Steve were married in the spring of 1975 and then moved to Jackson, where he practiced law. She taught English at Jackson Preparatory School before becoming a full-time mother and homemaker. But Betsy never quit teaching – whether it was teaching her three daughters at home, leading small group Bible studies at church, tutoring at Neighborhood Christian Center, or volunteering at VBS.
Betsy loved people and was loved by them – her family, her church family, her friends, and her husband’s law firm community. She loved going to the beach each spring, visiting with the “Hillview ladies,” and just sitting on the back porch with friends. Betsy invested her time and energies in each of these circles of friends and enhanced the lives of the people around her. Betsy was fully immersed in her faith, family, and friends.
In 2009, Betsy was diagnosed by the Mayo Clinic with a rare neurodegenerative disorder of the autonomic nervous system called “pure autonomic failure” (PAF). Betsy did not like the word “failure,” so she had her physicians call it her “disorder.” There is no cure for PAF; it can only be managed. And manage it she did in her own way – privately and quietly. She kept on keeping on, even though it limited her activities and interaction with her friends and family.
Betsy is survived by her husband of 47 years, Stephen W. Rosenblatt, daughters Katherine Weaver (William) of Waco, TX, Emily Tober (Alistair) of Franklin, TN, and Nancy Rosenblatt of Nashville, TN; grandchildren Cynthia, Ellen, and Robert Weaver, and Miller and Callie Tober. Betsy is also survived by her twin brother, Richard T. Gernert, Jr. (Anne) of Nashville, TN, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation was held at First Presbyterian Church (in Miller Hall), 1390 North State Street, Jackson, MS on Friday, August 12, 2022 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church, 1390 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39202; Reformed Theological Seminary, 5422 Clinton Blvd., Jackson, MS 39209; Reformed University Fellowship, P. O. Box 890004, Charlotte, NC 28289; or Presbyterian Day School, Highway 8 W, Cleveland, MS 38732 (Richard T. and Eveline M. Gernert Scholarship Fund).
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