Betty Marie Sarkis

September 9, 1947 - March 22, 2020

Betty Marie Sarkis, age 72, entered God’s Kingdom peacefully on March 22, 2020. Betty was surrounded by family and friends. She was born September 9, 1947 in Tuxedo, NY to her mother Millicent Hilda Smith, and her father Roland A. Smith; both of whom have preceded her in death.

Betty worked for the State Attorney’s Office for 33 years. She was also a resident of Ft. Myers/Cape Coral, FL for 42 years. During her time in Florida she made many connections. She was an active member at The Guiding Light Community Church in North Ft. Myers, FL. Countless days were spent working on projects or simply having fun with other members of the church congregation. In addition, Betty adored spending time with her family and traveling to see those she was closest too. She always had an adventurous spirit and knew just how to make everyone happy. Betty truly was selfless. Her hobbies were crafting, camping, spending time in the sun at the pool, partaking in community/church events, and visiting with family and friends.

Betty married her love, Edwin Sarkis, who preceded her in death in 2015. Her siblings, William A. Smith (brother), Doreen K. Lewis, Victoria J. Smith, Janet Mae Smith (sisters), and nephews, Michael Lewis and Jeffrey Smith all preceded her in death as well.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Craig J. Forster Jr. and Jill E. Forster of Fredericksburg, VA; her grandchildren, Jordan Forster Leake (along with husband Christopher J. Leake) of Tampa, FL and Cody J. Forster of Daytona, FL;  her niece Cynthia Helt (daughter of sister Doreen), her nephew Billy Lewis (son of sister Doreen), her great niece and god daughter Erika Helt Thiessen, her beautiful great nieces Emma and Mia, and her niece Cynthia Hunter (daughter of sister Victoria) and her husband Keith. (All from New York)

Her wishes were to be cremated and placed at the same coordinates as her late Husband Edwin Sarkis in the ocean. Her family plans to honor these wishes. She did not request or want a memorial service. To those that loved Betty, her family asks that you always cherish her memory in your hearts. She was special to so many, and so many were special to her.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Danny and Joyce Warford Mar 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Betty was a very generous and gracious person. We so enjoyed playing Wii with her every month. We havw many happy memories of her. Love you Betty!!

  2. Andre and Pam Lemieux Mar 23, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady whom we had the pleasure of her friendship. Betty was tiny in size but what a huge and giving heart. Even on days when she wasn’t feeling her best she insisted on stopping at Publix to bring apple fritters and donuts to my husband’s Sunday school class. She had a ready smile and willingness to lend a hand at all of our church activities and her neighbor’s where she lived. She loved her family and particularly had great visits with them over the last year. She is healed and has gone onto glory but will live on in our hearts forever❤

  3. Cyndi Anthony Mar 23, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Betty was a true friend. I loved her with my whole heart She was a faithful member of GLCC. She was Involved in many activities. She helped with the Wednesday night fellowship dinners. She was on the finance and church board. She was a member of the GL Women, the Great Banquet Lighthouse Reunion Group, Crafty Ladies, Secret Sister Prayer Ministry, Wii Bowling and Sunday morning Bible Study. Betty was a sweet, loving woman who loved the Lord. Betty was many things to many but most of all she was my friend

    My prayers are with the family.

  4. Joan Krabill Mar 23, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Oh Betty, we are going to miss you so much. I am sorry that you and I didn’t have more time together. I do, however, cherish the time we had. Till we meet again.

  5. Pastor Benny Anthony Mar 23, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Betty was a beloved member of Guiding Light. I was so pleased to be her pastor. She was loved by all and her passing leaves a big void. We know where she is and know she is happy and healed. Jesus gained a truly beautiful person.

  6. George Antil Mar 23, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    I always considered Betty a grand lady friendly energetic always there for you she definitely will be missed

  7. Jack merchant Mar 23, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you for the memories

  8. Joe Dearnley Mar 23, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    We will miss you very much Betty. Your kindness and thoughtfulness touched many people . Till we meet again. ❤️

  9. Doris Mapes Mar 23, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    I really miss you Betty. You were so beautiful all the time.

  10. Geri Anthony Mar 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Betty was a loving and caring woman. She always smiled and made you smile if you were having a bad day. She surely will be missed. God surely gained an angel.
    May God bless her and her family as they mourn her.
    Love always,
    Geri “girl” Anthony

  11. TERI HALM Mar 23, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Betty was so kind and wonderful to all. She will be greatly missed at church events. She and her family are in my thoughts and prayers! I know they will miss her greatly.

  12. Joe and Annie Dearnley Mar 23, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Betty, you have touched so many hearts with you’re love and kindness. You will truly be missed by all who knew you. Walk tall with Jesus and keep smiling till we all meet again. We love you Betty and you are missed.

  13. Linda Comer Mar 23, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    See you in paradise one day my friend. Till then I will miss your Sunday hugs. Love you.

  14. Gloria Williams Mar 23, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    I didn’t know Betty for very long but I considered her a friend.I will miss her. She always had kind words and wonderful hugs and had a beautiful smile everytime I saw her .I am sure she is giving out those beautiful words,hugs and smiles in heaven.

  15. Cyndi C Anthony Mar 23, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Betty was the sweetest women. She loved everyone and everyone loved her. She loved the Lord and her church. She was involved in so many activities. She was on the church board, the chairman of the finance committee, and the Vice-President of Guiding Light Women. She was also involved in the Secret Sister Prayer Ministry, The Annual Women’s Conference, the Great Banquet Reunion Group, Wii Bowling, Crafty Ladies and Sunday Morning Bible Study. She helped with the Wednesday night dinners and with fund raisers and has cleaned the church from top to bottom. She loved to shop thrift and antique stores. She always found the best things! She was many things to many people but to me she was my FRIEND and I loved her. I will miss her deeply. May she rest in peace and may her family find comfort knowing that Betty is now painless. She is having a fabulous time with those that went before her. She is face to face with Jesus our Lord.

  16. Donna Lynn Forster Pascual Mar 23, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    To my Dearest SIL Betty
    I’m so very happy we got to see each other again although under saddened circumstances your heart was so open to me and your love so genuine, open arms as if it time stood still. I’ll always remember that I cherish that until I see you again dear Betty always your SIL Donna

  17. Betty Miller Mar 24, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Betty was such a combination of seriousness and fun Her smile could always light up a room.I did not get to see her very much but she always welcomed me . You were a very special lady, whom I shall never forget. ” Go rest high on the mountain, your work on earth is done” You will now see Jesus face to face. I’ll see you again, but will miss you til then. Betty

  18. Mary Ann Hughey Mar 24, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Betty, my heart is heavy today because I will miss your smile, the twinkle in your eye, and the humility you showed to everyone around you. You were so easy to love! I did not get to have much time with you here on earth, but it took no time at all for me to see how much you loved the Lord. I am happy for you. He has freed you from the pain and suffering, You are home.

    With Love From…..Mary Ann

  19. Cynthia Mar 24, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    I miss you Bet

  20. Tracy Mar 24, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    I didn’t get to know Betty well but know many of her NY family. I’ve heard plenty of stories and heard many memories of her. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family and friends. Rest Easy Betty

  21. Tom Kardys Mar 25, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    I’ll miss you. Thank you for your kindness over the years. You were a very special person to me.

  22. JackForster Mar 26, 2020 at 6:02 am

    Betty was a great friend for over 50 years I will miss her greatly

  23. Karen Giles Aug 17, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    I’m so sad. I kept up with Betty on FB. We worked together at Court Amdinistration for years. I looked for her today and am shocked to find she has passed. She was a great friend. I’m so sorry.

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