How Betty And Donald Elliott Lived United
Longtime Miami residents, Betty and Donald Elliott were energetic, committed to living life to the fullest and ever-mindful of the community they loved to call home. The couple, now deceased, were an integral part of our city's history and that of United Way of Miami-Dade.
Don grew up on North Greenway Drive - across the street from the Granada Golf Course, contributing greatly to his love for the sport, which he enjoyed actively until he was in his 90s - making his first hole-in-one at age 86. He attended Georgia Military Academy - lettering in five sports and continued on to Georgia Tech, where he lettered in football and baseball. Following Georgia Tech, he joined his father's company, E.B. Elliott Advertising, but decided to go into the insurance industry instead. After only a few years in the business, he founded Elliott, McKiever and Stowe, Inc. To this day, it remains one of the oldest and largest general insurance companies in Miami-Dade County. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years during World War II before retiring with the title of major.
Betty, a native Miamian, graduated from the University of Miami and raised a family. She grew up watching her parents' community involvement, and they encouraged Betty to do the same. The community had given so much to them, and they wanted to give to the community in return.
Don and Betty met and married in 1996 at First United Methodist Church, where Don's mother and Betty's father, grandmother and aunt were all founding members.
Throughout the years, they became actively involved in many community projects. Don served as president and board member of numerous business and community organizations. Betty held various leadership roles in civic and cultural organizations, and remained an active community member.
Beyond their community activism, Betty and Don enjoyed spending their summers in their home in Highlands, North Carolina, and loved their travels to places around the world.
Loyal contributors for decades, Betty and Don left more than a million dollars to United Way of Miami-Dade in their will. Through their unwavering commitment to the community they helped build for almost a century, their life exemplified the spirit of how to LIVE UNITED.