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Betty Solomon Cohen

August 22, 1937 — October 30, 2023

Betty Solomon Cohen, beloved by many, passed away on October 30, 2023, after a long
intermittent battle with cancer. She was 86 years old and a long-time resident of Tampa, Florida.
She previously lived in Montgomery, Alabama; Cleveland, Ohio; and, Nashville, Tennessee,
where she earned her English degree at Vanderbilt University and met her future husband,
Lawrence S. Cohen M.D.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama to Ethel Wohl Solomon and Jacob “Jack” Max Solomon, Betty
was known for her gracious Southern hospitality and volunteerism. She was a member of and
Sunday School teacher at Congregation Schaarai Zedek and a Girl Scout troop leader, Gulf
Coast Council. She was active in the Tampa Bay Symphony Guild and the Della Robbia Circle
Tampa Garden Club. Betty was the past president of the Tampa Section, National Council of
Jewish Women. She was very proud to have received their highest honor, the Hannah G.
Solomon Award, presented to an individual who has changed the lives of others through their
leadership efforts and service. Her children recall the numerous ways they participated in a
variety of community service projects and attribute the example she set to their volunteerism in
their adult years. They also often and lovingly share stories of the numerous camping trips, craft
projects and adventures they experienced with her in their childhood.

Betty will be dearly missed by family and friends. She was preceded in death by Lawrence Sr.
and is survived by their children Lawrence Cohen, Jr. and partner Victoria Warpinski of Safety
Harbor (Jacob and wife, Farin; Lauren and husband, Alex); Nancy Oderkirk and husband Robert
of Sanford, NC; Alice Cohen (Bryson & Trenton) of Asheville, NC; Jeffrey Cohen and wife
Pamela (Hannah) of Tampa.
Betty requested that there be no service or gathering. To express condolences online visit A donation to one of the organizations listed above or to your favorite
charity would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.


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