Born on May 4, 1934, the daughter of the late Ellis Wade “Pete” and Huel Jones, she graduated in 1952 from Butler High School and completed real estate appraisal and valuation courses at the college level in 1965.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. “Jimmy” Wallace, who served as Caldwell County Property Valuation Administrator for 41 years where she served along side him as Chief Deputy PVA during those same years.
Prior to that, she was employed as secretary/receptionist at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center, serving as secretary to Tobacco Specialist, Beef Specialist, Horticulture, Agronomist and Area Development Specialist from 1956-65, was secretary/receptionist to the County Agriculture Agent, Home Demonstration Agent and 4-H Agent at the Caldwell County Extension office from 1952-56.
She was a member of Eddy Creek Baptist Church and served on numerous committees. The family has been involved in the farming community running Wallace Farms from 1952 to the present.
Bettie served on the Caldwell County Democratic Executive Committee for many years as both Assistant Director and Director. She was a charter member of the Caldwell County Democratic Woman’s Club, having served as president, secretary and treasurer, which she was serving at present.
At the district level, she served as secretary/treasurer, assistant director and director. She was Kentucky Democratic Woman’s Club president in 2004-06 and prior to that served as treasurer and second vice president. She was also active at the national level.
Wallace had a lifelong commitment to and passion for the Cooperative Extension Service. She was an active member of the Caldwell County Extension Homemakers serving in all officer positions and was a member of Eddy Creek Homemakers Club.
In the Kentucky Extension Homemakers organization she served as state president, vice president and board member. Bettie also served as a board member of the National Extension Homemakers Association. She was a member and past president of the Caldwell County Extension Council, secretary of the Caldwell County Extension District Board, secretary and past president of the Caldwell County 4-H Council and served in all offices of the area and state 4-H Council.
She was a director and women’s chair of the Caldwell County Farm Bureau, District 11 Farm Bureau Women’s chair and Kentucky Farm Bureau Women’s Club, and Kentucky Farm Bureau Women’s Committee.
She had served as contributing editor of Taste of Home magazine, was a voting delegate to four International Conferences of the Associated Country Women of the World, and served in all offices on the Kentucky Master Farm Homemakers Guild, was vice president, secretary and treasurer of the National Master Farm Homemakers Guild and a member of the Princeton Art Guild.