Elizabeth Ann Allen, 47, of Norcross died December 3rd at Crawford Long Hospital due to complications from scleroderma. Betty passed away peacefully with her family and friends at her bedside. A native Atlantan, Betty was born at Piedmont Hospital on March 16, 1960. She attended Briarlake Elementary and graduated from Lakeside High School. She briefly attended the University of Georgia and transferred to Georgia State University where she received a B.A. in Business. She worked for the Ritz Carleton Buckhead and Emory University prior to staying home to raise her family. Betty met her husband, Ken, when they were in college – she at Georgia State and he at Georgia Tech. They married in May of 1986 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church and shared many wonderful experiences together including traveling to Israel, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, France and Hawaii. Betty was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking, bird watching and working crossword and Sudoku puzzles. She was devoted to her family and was involved in all her boys' activities and academics. Her greatest satisfaction came from being a mother and wife. Betty Ann was indeed a force of nature. Though tiny in body she had tremendous strength of spirit. Her desire to live was immeasurable and enabled her to overcome Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and, later, breast cancer, and to live with the disabling effects of scleroderma for almost thirty years. Betty fought to live right up until the end. She was courageous in the face of so much adversity and was never one to complain. Raised in the Methodist church, Betty was confirmed in the Episcopal Church. She embraced the Episcopal faith with enthusiasm and was an active communicant of Christ Church in Norcross for 18 years. Betty volunteered in many capacities over the years serving on the Altar Guild, the Vestry, working at the Thrift Shop, as a VBS teacher and a Lay Eucharistic Minister She was an EFM graduate and she also shared her talents by volunteering at Rainbow Village. She was also an active parent in the Wesleyan community where her boys attended school. Betty was predeceased by an infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth, as well as by her father, William Jack. She is survived by her devoted husband of 21 years, William Kenneth Allen, and her two precious boys, Stuart Kingsley Allen and John Bradley Allen, all of Norcross. She also leaves behind her mother, Betty Loden, her brother, Bill Jack and his wife Leigh, and her mother in law, Mary Faith Moser and her husband Arden. Also surviving are many dear aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Betty Ann touched the lives of so many people and she made lifelong friends that she cherished and who adored her. She met for dinner regularly with her Lakeside High School girlfriends and her Wesleyan School “Ya Ya” sisters who were never far from her side. Her many church friends will cherish her memory and remember all the wonderful times spent together. Special thanks goes to the wonderful staff and nurses at St. Joseph's Hospital in ICU West, those at Select Specialty Hospital and at Emory Crawford Long Hospital ICU. In the final months of her illness Betty was cared for by many amazing people including Dr. Kathy McMinn, Dr. Tom Guest and Dr. Gary Myerson. She, in turn, touched each of them in her own special way. Holy Eucharist and a Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, December 8th at 11:00 am at Christ Church Episcopal, 400 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Norcross, GA with the Reverends P.J. Woodall, Joel Hudson and Nancy Yancey officiating. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the Scleroderma Research Foundation or to Christ Church Episcopal.