Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, 1975 New Stanton graduate Betty Cotton was surprised with a 67th “Harlem Nights’ birthday themed celebration at the Grand Rosa Ballroom. Thinking she was headed to a restaurant to celebrate her birthday, Betty was surprised when she walked into the venue and hundreds of well wishers sprang into action, singing Stevie Wonders birthday song. The honoree was surrounded by family and friends for a shimmering night extravaganza featuring signature cocktails and 1920’s Gatsby and Flapper style fashion. The event’s red and black décor highlighted the table settings and red carpet entrance.
A 2018 aneurysm survivor, Betty’s mind has sharply recovered to enjoy living her best life with her husband, daughters and grandchildren. Known for her energetic, spirited and lively personality, Betty’s home health aide career is a testament of her approach to taking care of others in need. With her demanding career and past challenges, Betty said, “As my family loves me, I love others. In my business, we provide support and assist our patients with smiles and a caring attitude.” Betty thought back to the surprise event and smiled as she is not stressed, but blessed by the many accolades and honors bestowed upon her on her 2023 year around the sun. Shown is Betty with her husband Guy Cotton.