Spectacular Senior for May: Betty Staebell

Spectacular Senior for May: Betty Staebell

"Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made." – Robert Browning

Every month, the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center elects a senior citizen of the month. The Gabber finds out more about what makes these distinguished men and ladies so spectacular.

Betty Staebell, 84

Hometown: Bennington Center, New York

Current Home: St. Petersburg, 32 years

Career: Music teacher, church musician, and she’s painted for six decades.

Family: She will celebrate her 67th anniversary in June. She had two children, although she lost her daughter to cancer when she was 42. She has four grandchildren and one great grandson.

What do you consider your best moment?

Painting, probably. I was in the Mrs. America contest. I was a professional model. I studied music and art. Now I’m a volunteer here, since 1984.”

What advice would you give young people starting out on their own?

“Try to pursue your goal. It doesn’t always work in the beginning – just keep working at it. Be happy in your life and your marriage. Work things out. Don’t give up.”

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