2009 National Mother of the Year


DSC_0028Betty Jean Ulmer McGregor was born April 24, 1930 in Cameron, South Carolina.  She graduated from Columbia College in 1951 and married Sam.  They established their home in Hopkins.  Sam was called into military service in 1952 and their first child was born at Fort Benning.  Returning to Hopkins after military service, Betty became active in their community, church and schools.  They were blessed with four additional children.  During the next 55 years, Betty and Sam enjoyed their children’s activities, church, Clemson football, trips to the beach, the mountains, the nation’s capital and foreign countries.  They also faced major tragedies – including a farm fire where six lives were lost, critical illness and droughts.  Their faith and friends support made them an even stronger family.  They cared for Sam’s father and Betty’s mother in their home for four years.  Their children blessed them with five spouses and eight grandchildren.  Betty has represented South Carolina at state, national and international conferences and both she and Sam have been recipients of state and national awards.   Betty’s life exemplifies the true meaning of motherhood.