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Ms. Mississippi, Betty Aden I  enjoy every aspect of life, but if dancing is in the picture, that’s my real incentive to be a part of the activity. Traveling is always an exciting adventure and a great learning experience for me. My family and friends are important, and I love to be with them as much as possible. I believe that "life may not be the party we hoped for; but while we are here, we should dance."

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: President (10 yrs.) of seniors adult group, LLL (Live Longer if Lucky), at North Greenwood Baptist Church; Secretary and Public Relations Director (4 yrs) for Town and Country Garden Club; Public Relations Director for One or None Club (Breast cancer support group); 18 year breast cancer survivor; Merry Widows Club; Bridge Club; Mississippi Country Western Dance Association; Greenwood Little Theater (Choreographer; ) Young at Heart Dance Club; Member of North Greenwood Baptist Church.

VOLUNTEER WORK: Relay for Life; Choreographer for Greenwood Little Theater (Smokey Joe’s Café, Guys and Dolls, Music Man, Gypsy, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas); Volunteer for four years at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta.

SPECIAL INTERESTS: Dance: Director of the Delta Rockers (performing dance troupe of women 60-80). Performances have been from Memphis, TN to Jackson, MS and on the Carnival Elation cruise ship. Four years ago I formed a team called, "Betty Aden Summer Dance Camp." This will be my 31st year to host a summer dance camp for children ages 3- 18.

Travel: Cruises (River Cruise from Paris to Normandy; River Cruise down the Rhine and Danube; Mediterranean Cruise; Cruise from New York City to Nova Scotia; Alaskan Cruise; Caribbean Cruise); France, Italy, England, Switzerland, Holland, Germany (Oberammergau 10 year Passion Play), Spain, Canada; United States of America (New York City, Savannah, Charleston, St. Louis, the National Parks, New Orleans).


1972, Delta State University, Masters in Physical Education Degree

1963, University of Mississippi, Bachelor of Science in Physical Education Dance Degree

1961, Miss. Delta Community College, Associate of Arts Degree

1991, MAHPERD "Pride in Teaching" Award

1993/1996, MAHPERD "Dance Educator of the Year" among Colleges and Universities

2006, Outstanding Alumnus of Mississippi Delta Community College

2011, Won 14 "Gold with Honors" in Duo Ballroom Dance Competition

2011, Business Journal Personality of the Month

2013, Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame; Trojan Spirit Award

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