Betty Feezor: A life that mattered

Betty Feezor's legacy
Published: Sep. 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 5, 2016 at 6:36 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - 'A life that mattered', that's how they described her back then, and today Betty Feezor's life still matters.

"She was incredibly famous. Everybody knew Betty Feezor," said Kathy Fite, former producer for The Betty Feezor Show, "She was just like you or me. She was an everyday person. I think that's one of the things that made her so popular."

Fite was a producer and assistant to Feezor for 12 years. Every afternoon at 1 p.m., people stopped what they were doing and turned on the TV to watch one of the most popular shows ever to be broadcast by a local television station.

Betty flawlessly followed her cues. She was a natural in front of the camera. Whether she was making a cake, cutting a pattern for sewing, or whipping up a tremendous feast fit for a Sunday dinner, she did it with a grace that's never been matched.

And always a little humor sprinkled in.

For 24 years her show dominated the ratings. She left the TV station in 1977 after being diagnosed with cancer. But  even while fighting for her life, she invited cameras into her home, so she could continue to spread her message, and it wasn't always about cooking.

Feezor often offered inspirational or religious messages to viewers.

A life that mattered.  You can see very clearly now, just why it still matters. And for thousands of loyal viewers, family and friends, it will always matter.

"That was the most wonderful lady you could ever know," Fite said.

Thank you Betty, for blazing a trail straight into our hearts.

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