In Loving Memory

Betsy Howey Sable, d. Dec. 26, 2013



In Loving Memory

October 12, 1923 – December 26, 2013


Fairhope, AL

Betsy Howey Sable, 90, born in Lake Forest, IL and a resident of Fairhope passed away, Thursday, December 26, 2013.  She was a graduate of the Marietta B. Johnson School of Organic Education and later graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, learning to design and create custom jewelry and was a member of Midwest Designer Craftsmen.  Living in Chicago, she worked in various aspects of fashion and merchandising of displays in department stores.  During that time, she continued designing jewelry, exhibiting her work in various museums in different states and held seminars on custom design and repair of gold and silver jewelry.  In 1983, she returned to her childhood home in Fairhope, continuing her craft of making, repair and giving private instruction of gold and silver jewelry.  In 1987, she was commissioned by the Mardi Gras King to design and create his gift to his queen.  In 1988, Gov. Guy Hunt commissioned her to design and create the silver pin/pendant given to the wives at the Governor’s conference held in Pt. Clear, AL.

Surviving are her son, Stephen A. ( Nona) Douglas, Kalispell, MT; four grandchildren, Kimberly (Todd) Schelling, Kalispell, MT, Grace (Robert) Slaght, Renton, WA, Stuart (Kolbie) Douglas, Boise, ID and Christopher (Kristina) Douglas, Japan; six great grandchildren, Ryan Schelling, Grant Douglas, Kristiana Douglas, Evan Slaght, Avaree Slaght and Scout Douglas.

A celebration of Betsy’s life will be held at a later date.  Expressions of condolence may be expressed at  Arrangements are y Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL  36526.


  1. Phil Norris

    I met Betsy in 1984 when she owned a unique shop in Point Clear. I later recruited her to teach at the University of South Alabama Baldwin County. She was a wonderful person who was always upbeat and very much her own person. She represented the spirit of old Fairhope and her passing make that bright light of our artistic past dimmer. I will always remember her with fondness for her contribution to my life and our city.

  2. Nancy Thompson

    Betsy was a wonderful teacher and mentor. She will be missed by the art community in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

  3. Camille Sable

    Betsy was part of my life and changed my life in many ways. We are so happy that we were able to celebrate her 90th birthday with her and her family and friends recently. We will miss her.

  4. Katie LeBlanc

    I met Betsy through mutual friends in the late 1990’s. She was the most talented artist, carefree spirit and loyal friend. I cherish several pieces of jewelry she made for me. I was saddened to hear of her passing.

  5. Robin Hutchison

    What a gal! Betsy started teaching silversmith to my son, Jesse. Not knowing what kind of a woman she was I took with him! Well, needless to say, I kept taking lessons long after Jesse stopped. Betsy reminds me of the Psalm 92: 13-15– that states “Planted in the house of the LORD, They will flourish in the courts of our God. 14They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green, 15To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”
    May I share my talents as well as Betsy did!

  6. Rebecca Sebring

    I proudly sold Betsy’s beautiful silver jewelry in OBJECTS. She was a treasure in Fairhope.

  7. Saundra White

    I took lessons from Besty several years ago. She was a very talented and truly embodied being a free spirit. She lived life to the fullest. Rest in peace Betsy.


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