Betty Ruth Hodge Lay, 85, Soddy-Daisy, went home to be with her Lord Thursday, November 2 surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in Rutledge to the late Boyd and Ethel Hodge. She was a graduate of Rutledge High School and attended business college. She moved to Knoxville before moving to Chattanooga. She worked for Lookout Beverages Incorporated for several years before joining her husband at East Ridge Bakery. She was a member of Morris Hills Baptist Church and later at Soddy Church of God, where she was very active in Sunday school and the Ladies Activities. She was preceded in death by her husband, L. Paul Lay; son, Johnny Paul Lay; and granddaughter, Holly Nicole Lay. She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Glenn) Mathews and grandchildren, Winston Paul Lay, Stephen Taylor (Lacy) Lay and Alicia Nicole Mathews. The family received friends Saturday, November 4. A Celebration of Betty’s Life followed Sunday, November 5 at the North Chapel, with Pastor Jerry Justice officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens. The family expressed thanks and appreciation to family, friends and the Dayton Team, with Hospice of Chattanooga, for the love and care given to Betty. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416. Arrangements are by North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson. Please share thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com.
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