Betty Ward (Sparrow) Brittain 1927-2021


Betty Ward (Sparrow) Brittain, age 94, passed away peacefully Sept. 8, 2021, at her Carolina Meadows residence in Chapel Hill, NC. She is survived by her son, Greg Brittain, her brother Sid Sparrow and his wife, Rosalie, of Needham, MA and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Brittain, a longtime employee of the Morehead Planetarium and returning WWII US Marine Corps hero who participated in beach assaults in the Pacific Theatre. Also preceding her in death were parents Paul and Nell Sparrow; brother Paul B. Sparrow, Jr. and his wife Madeline; and sister Doris S. Phillips and her husband John S. Phillips.

A longtime Chapel Hill native, Betty was a graduate of Chapel Hill High School. She retired after a 28-year career with the UNC Dental School and remained a UNC-CH basketball season ticket holder until her death. Betty was a life-long member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. A graveside service at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens will be announced for a later date.

Walker’s Funeral Home in Chapel Hill is assisting the family.

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