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Elizabeth Batish

A Funeral Mass for Elizabeth “Betsy” Batish, 37, of Payson Arizona will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Camden, SC. Father John Zimmerman will officiate. There will be a reception for friends and family immediately following the Mass. Additionally, a Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m., Friday, September 11, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the Rosary. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Betsy’s memory to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, South Carolina Chapter, 150 West Park Boulevard, Ste. 150, Columbia, SC 29210.

Betsy, wife of Lieutenant Colonel Paul Batish, died September 6, 2015 at her home in Camden, SC. She was born in Albuquerque, NM, the daughter of Buddy and Judy Kay Rice. Betsy is survived by her husband; parents; and brother, Jerry Rice of Mesa, AZ.

After graduating with a communications degree from Arizona State University in 2000, Betsy worked in a variety of journalism and communications jobs in Arizona. She was a writer for a Phoenix monthly magazine, award winning newspaper editor, city public information officer, mayor’s chief of staff and communications specialist for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. After marrying her husband Paul, she worked as an award winning freelance writer and photographer.

Betsy was an adventurous spirit who loved backpacking the Grand Canyon and flying over fences aboard Thoroughbred horses. She was an accomplished English and Western equestrian and a celebrated rodeo queen, among which were the titles of Payson Arizona PRCA Pro Rodeo Queen, Gilbert Days Arizona Rodeo Queen, and Ms. Country Western Arizona. Betsy was a great lover of animals, always kind and generous and thinking of others’ needs first, even as she went through the biggest battle of her life. The bravery, dignity and hopefulness that she showed battling lymphoma was an inspiration to many. She was taken much before her time and she will be dearly missed.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

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