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Betty Ann Russell Saliba Lioon

December 2, 1928 - April 30, 2014



Betty Ann Russell Saliba Lioon

Betty Ann Russell (Saliba) Lioon, daughter of Luther O. and Thelma Howard Russell, passed away to join her family and friends in heaven on April 30, 2014.

She is predeceased by her parents; son, Jean Pierre Saliba; former husband, Dr. Constantin Saliba; and two brothers, Donald Russell of North Palm Beach, FL, and Luther (Sunny) Russell of Gastonia, NC.

Surviving children are Dr. Karl Constantin Saliba and granddaughter, Catherine Marie of Roanoke, VA; Jean Pierre’s children, Elizabeth Ann Whitfield Saliba of Washington, DC and Peter Constantin Saliba of Richmond, VA; Charles Galloway Saliba and grandson, Charles Constantin Saliba of Wilmington; Lisa Louise Saliba of Wilmington; Caroline Saliba Keel and husband, Gary, of Oriental, NC; and brother, Charles and wife, Shirley Russell, of Lake Oconee, GA; plus many, many other cousins, nephews and nieces.

Born in Wilmington on December 2, 1928, Betty Ann, our “Southern Belle” grew up with three loving brothers and graduated from New Hanover High School where a friend once wrote in her yearbook that Betty was always on the go, but not so much that she couldn’t stop and chat. She attended Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, VA then married Dr. Constantin Saliba of Beirut, Lebanon on May 5, 1951. The five Saliba children were raised in Williamsburg, VA where Betty headed up the March of Dimes and worked in the English Dept. at the College of William and Mary.

Betty returned to her home in Wilmington in 1969 where she volunteered for Crisis Line and the New Hanover Mental Health Association of Wilmington. She was a member of the Church of Christ where she enjoyed sharing her spiritual journey with her church family. Betty happily spent her retirement years in Kure Beach, NC where she devoted her leisure time to reading, bird watching, and classic movies. Betty’s friends enjoyed her kind gracious spirit during joyous visits at her beachside home.


Betty will be remembered for her celebratory spirit and her love of antebellum traditions. She was dearly loved by her five children, her five grandchildren, and her two great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all until that joyous occasion when all are reunited in heaven. The family would like to thank Meals on Wheels and Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their kindness and dedicated service.

A memorial service will be held at Andrews Market Street Chapel on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. followed by a private interment at the cemetery.

The family will receive guests at Betty’s home in Kure Beach starting at 3 p.m.

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