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Betty Elaine (Whitaker) Novoa

November 28, 1947 ~ October 9, 2018 (age 70)

Betty Elaine Novoa, was born in Blythewood, South Carolina on November 28, 1947, and transitioned on October 9, 2018.  She spent her early years raised closely with her Aunt Sara McDaniel, cousins Beatrice Wilson and Melvina Haigler and a host of family.  Elaine accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior as a member of Round Top Baptist in Blythewood, South Carolina. She attended Richland County Schools and graduated from Bethel-Hanberry High School.  She enrolled in Business and completed Cosmetology School.  Some of Elaine’s most memorable years of professional service was with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.  Later in life, Elaine’s personal and professional passion merged, as she taught Pre-K. Throughout her life she continued to remain extremely close to her younger cousin Samantha Carey, as well as caring for, supporting, and nurturing many children and relatives which are now her surviving extended village of “children and grandchildren.” 

Elaine was preceded in death by her fathers, Lonnie Lyles and Charles James Whitaker; her brother, Charles J. Whitaker Jr; and her granddaughter, Socorro G. Ramirez.

Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her mother, Essie Mae Lyles; daughter, Raina Sena’ Novoa; son, Edgardo Dinero Novoa (Dino); daughter-in-law, Sharonda L. Novoa; siblings, Lovetta Williams, Odell Lyles, Jackie McCollum, Venice Inabinet, Willie Whitaker, Donna Rogers, Mamie Scott; grandchildren, Shamonique L. Favor, Michael D. Dennis, Phillip A. Rodgers, Destiny L. Rodgers, Daejahlyn S. Novoa, Lalani R. Bonner; great grandchildren, Pavani A. Crutchfield, Harmoni K. Crawford, Elise R. Dennis; former husband, Edgardo P. Novoa and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 12:00 PM in the chapel of Holly Hill Funeral Home.  The visitation will be one hour prior to the service, from 11:00-12:00 PM.

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