Elizabeth Cornwell Edwards, known as Betty to friends and family, grew up in Conyers, Georgia, with three older brothers. Her dad, Dr. Joe, was a dentist, and her mother, Maxine, who had a special connection with children, was a librarian and teacher.
In 1966, Betty was selected to attend the Governor's Honors Program at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, in the field of visual arts. She graduated from the University of Georgia in June 1971, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art and art education. In June and July 1971, her watercolor professor, Albert Vessely, sponsored her in a one person show, Watercolors, at The Athens Theater in Athens, Georgia.
Through the 1980's Betty taught at The Trinity School in the Art in the Afternoon program for elementary and pre-school children. In March and April of 1996 she had a one person show at the Moon Bean Coffee House in Vinings, Georgia, and in June 2001 she had a one person show at the Conyers Welcome Center, featuring watercolors and acrylic paint with water soluble crayon on canvas.
Betty lives in Atlanta with her husband, Doug, and dog Cosmo. She has two adult children, Phil and Jenny.