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Instagram sensation 'Grandma Betty' dead at 80

Instagram Celebrity Grandma Betty Dead At 80

80-year-old Betty Jo Simpson, who became everyone's Instarandma with her Instagram account GrandmaBetty33, has died.

According to a post, the social media celebrity died on Saturday after a long battle with lung cancer. It reads, "Grandma Betty did not lose her battle to cancer, because her legacy she has left behind will inspire millions of people to #smile, #behappy, and #stayhappy no matter what. The fight has ended. The battle is won."

GrandmaBetty33 became an Instagram sensation after her 18-year-old great grandson, Zach, set up an account for her. Her collection of funny faces and inspirational messages gained not only the attention of nearly 700,000 followers, but also of news outlets across the country. One video featuring Grandma Betty dancing to Pharrell's smash hit "Happy" even grabbed the attention of the singer himself.

While the inspiration behind the popular instagram account may be gone, its followers hope that the account will stay alive. One wrote, "Whatever you do please never shut down her Instagram. I have looked at it every day for as long as it has been up and everyday it has made me smile. She was an inspiration to me."

​The account was set up by family so they would have something to remember Grandma Betty by. They never expected it would eventually do the same for hundreds of thousands of others.

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usci1 August 05 2014 at 11:03 AM

Grandma Betty isn't "dead". She went from life to life. Her smile was a sermon and testimony to those who moan and complain about difficulties in life. All one needs to do is change their way of thinking and attitude. IT WORKS!

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Judy Velotti usci1 August 05 2014 at 12:01 PM


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lasvgnv August 05 2014 at 12:28 PM

I find it amazing how this "one person" brought so many people together.It says something about the human soul.So now she starts another journey and she goes with all our love.

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Mr Chef August 05 2014 at 8:42 AM

Many blessings Grandma Betty R I P we all Love you.

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michelle August 05 2014 at 9:34 AM

RIP Grandma Betty. Blessings to her family in this time of mourning.

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Judy Velotti August 05 2014 at 12:00 PM

She was sooooo precious!! That's what we need more of in this nation, more precious grandmoms! Wisdom cries!!

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brwnysbrb August 05 2014 at 9:55 AM

R.I.P. Sweet Grandma Betty.

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d1anaw August 05 2014 at 1:05 PM

When someone lives to be 80 and lives fully, with all their senses pretty well intact, they didn't lose anything. We are sad they are no longer here, but they lived their full life.

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Steven Narbonne d1anaw August 05 2014 at 2:54 PM

In my Buddhist belief system, she will reincarnate in another life and it will be just as good if not better for a loving, gentle soul such as she obviously was. RIP for us means, "Rock In Paradise"!

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darkcloudstonite August 05 2014 at 1:47 PM

Sorry but there is something sad about propping up this poor old woman and using her this way...does anyone think s-h-e cared about instagram and how many followers her grandson's account got ?

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hyena74 darkcloudstonite August 05 2014 at 2:08 PM

Propping up this poor woman? You kidding? Of course she wanted followers and freinds!! you must never been around many old folks huh? Alot of them " Not all " crave attention and need it...You need to get out of that dark depressing cloud and step into the sun and smile...When i get that age, i hope to be just as fun as she was. But i'm sure you won't see nothing but horror out of even the kindest of stories..lol.

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vaygollybum1 darkcloudstonite August 05 2014 at 8:00 PM

hyena74...There always gloom and doomers coming out of the woodwork. They are never happy.

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Tracey August 05 2014 at 2:43 PM

I followed Grandma Betty and she made me smile every day. She was an inspiration to many going through hardships of their own! RIP, we love you!

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Bob August 05 2014 at 9:37 AM

Lung Cancer, my heavily smoking neighbor was just diagnosed with lung cancer. That, after her heavily smoking brother died of lung cancer.

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