80-year-old Betty Jo Simpson, who became everyone's Instarandma with her Instagram account GrandmaBetty33, has died.
Instagram sensation 'Grandma Betty' dead at 80
Thank you so much to the @Instagram team for Grandma's shirt! Everyone tag @Instagram so they see! 😀 | GRANDMABETTY33.COM
Grandma's been clowning around all afternoon. We blame it on all the love and support from everyone! #ThankYou #BeHappy | GRANDMABETTY33.COM
But in case you were wondering...Grandma Betty is doing great today, talking in the phone and going about her business like nothing is wrong. This makes us happy. Very happy. :) | GrandmaBetty33.com
Who did it better? Grandma Betty or @mileycyrus? You tell us! #GrandmaBetty #MileyCyrus
Look who was in an extremely #HAPPY mood today! Take a second to tag someone who needs to #Smile today..if grandma can, you can!!!😊😊😊 | GrandmaBetty33.com
Here's an older picture of Grandma when color prints were becoming popular! | GrandmaBetty33.com
Grandma woke up with a #Smile on her face! 😊 For a chance to be featured: 1. Post a #Selfie 2. Use #SmilesForGrandma 3. Tag Grandma in it show we can show her!
#HappyHumpDay to everyone! We hope you all are having a wonderful day..I know we are! 😊 | GrandmaBetty33.com
#FlashbackFriday to when Grandma Betty was only 14!
Grandma Betty now has an official Facebook page! GrandmaBetty33 is still the name of course, so watch out for the fake one! | GRANDMABETTY33.COM
It's time to relax and cuddle up on the couch with Harley after a late breakfast! ☺ | GrandmaBetty33.com
So the real @Pharrell follows Grandma Betty!!! Such an honor, and she's thrilled.
Here's an updated map tracking where Grandma's followers are! Comment where you're from and tag a friend so she can put more places on here! | GRANDMABETTY33.COM
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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.