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Mrs. Betsy Lyon Hendrix

Mrs. Betsy Lyon Hendrix

For many years, Betsy was a stay-at-home mom, busy rearing three boys and participating in the usual church, community and civic activities. When her late husband, Cliff Hendrix, passed away in 1992, Betsy returned to the work force and has worked at the Ft. Myer Memorial Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA, since 1992.  The chapel is adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery.

Africa University was brought within Betsy’s philanthropic gaze by her dear, long-time friends, Jim and Fentress Boone Waits.  Betsy, her late husband, and Jim Waits became fast friends when they were all students at Yale Divinity School in the early 60's.  When the Hendrix family moved to the Atlanta area in the '70's, Betsy met Fentress, and they became good friends.

It was through Jim and Fentress that Betsy and her family learned about the wonderful work Africa University is doing to educate and empower young African women to enable them to transform their communities and, ultimately, their countries.

Now that her children are grown, her nest is empty, and her responsibilities are less, Betsy believes that Jim and Fentress’ enthusiasm for Africa University’s transforming ministry has convinced her to join them in their support.

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