Betty Jo Langford Page was born November 15, 1928, in the rural Independence Community in Overton County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of William Harland Langford and Mona Velma Ramsey. Living in the country near relatives and playing with her siblings Jean Langford Tayse, Robert J Langford, and Judy Langford Hardison Davies shaped her hardworking determination and her joy of living. Attending Livingston Academy provided her the opportunity to be a competitive basketball player shaping her lifelong love of the game.
It was in post-war Livingston, Tennessee that she met her husband of 59 years, Thomas Webb Page from Nashville. He was a World War II Marine wounded at Iwo Jima. Tom’s job as a soil conservationist took them to several small towns in Tennessee including Cowan, Dunlap, Cookeville, Smithville, and Crossville. The Page family was involved in church activities, sports, and music.
Family was a top priority to Betty Jo. She was a loving and supportive mom to her daughter, Gail Page Demchik Johnson of Marietta, Georgia, and son, Donald Edward Page (Mirhonda) of Phelps, Kentucky. She was a diligent homemaker who loved family gatherings. Those gatherings provided a place for serious competition among the three sisters for the praise of their favorite recipes. Betty Jo lived a healthy lifestyle, eating from a garden and staying physically fit through exercise classes, and walking, and she even had a personal trainer into her nineties. She was extremely proud of her three grandsons, Steven Demchik of Sparta, Georgia, Kolbe Page (Brittni) of Pikeville, Kentucky, Mac Page (Candace) of Richmond, Kentucky, and great-granddaughter Hadley Grace Page. There will be a family graveside service.