HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A pillar in the Hattiesburg community, Betty Green Chain, has passed away.
The wife of late Mayor Bobby Lee Chain Sr. died peacefully at her home on Sunday.
Jessica Bowman sat down with longtime friends of Mrs. Chain taking a look back at her life.
Born on Aug. 9, 1941, in Hattiesburg, Betty Green Chain was a graduate of Hattiesburg High and later received a music degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She resided in the city with her late husband of 48 years.
“I was fortunate enough to live in the same neighborhood as Betty for 34 years,” said longtime friend and neighbor Joyce Hicks.
Hicks said her dear friend was a well-respected, influential resident in the city of Hattiesburg.
“In that length of time you get to know someone up close and personal," Hicks said. "Betty was an exquisitely beautiful woman full of poise, charm, grace and the epitome of a southern lady.”
Hattiesburg City Councilwoman Mary Dryden knew Chain for more than 40 years. She described Chain as a wonderful mother, friend and neighbor.
“I always looked up to her so much," Dryden said. "She was just the epitome of a gracious southern lady always devoted to family. They say behind every great man is a great woman, and that would be Betty.”
Chain’s obituary described her as a strong Christian with a generous heart and remarkable cook who loved entertaining in her home.
“I began to work at the Chain gift shop," Dryden said. "I was around her and around Mr. Chain more. I saw how she supported her family and all of the people she knew in the community. Just a really beautiful person.”
Dryden and Hicks said Chain will forever be remembered as pillar in the Hattiesburg community.
“Hattiesburg will miss Betty Chain," Dryden said. "I think that she and her husband, former Mayor Chain, will always be remembered and will inspire us to do what we can to make the world a better place.”
“I think what I admired about her most was her strength," Hicks said. "She had extraordinary strength and and incredible love for her family. That’s what was most important to Betty, was her family.”
Chain died peacefully at her home at the age of 77.
Mrs. Chain served as the First Lady of Hattiesburg from 1980-1986, while her husband, Bobby, was mayor of Hattiesburg.
Her funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m at the First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg.