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Elizabeth "Betsie" Verwoerd (née Schoombee; 17 May 1901 – 29 February 2000) was the spouse of the Prime Minister of South Africa from 2 September 1958 until the assassination of her husband Hendrik Verwoerd on 6 September 1966.
|Spouse of the Prime Minister of South Africa|
2 September 1958 – 6 September 1966
|Preceded by||Susan de Klerk|
|Succeeded by||Tini Vorster|
|Born||17 May 1901|
Middelburg, Cape Colony
|Died||29 February 2000 (aged 98)|
Orania, Northern Cape, South Africa
|Political party||National Party|
(m. 1927; died 1966)
Betsie met her husband while they both attended Stellenbosch University in the early-1920s. They were married in Hamburg, Germany where Verwoerd was studying on 7 January 1927. The couple returned to South Africa in 1928. They had seven children - five sons (Wilhelm, Hendrik, Christian, Daniel and Wynand) and two daughters (Anna and Elsabeth). One of her daughters, Anna, married Carel Boshoff, who later founded the Afrikaner settlement of Orania.
Betsie Verwoerd died at her home on 29 February 2000 at the age of 98. Nelson Mandela expressed his sadness at her death, stating he had been impressed with her "pure Afrikaner hospitality" when he visited her in 1995.
After her death, her house in Orania was converted into a museum. A primary school in Randfontein was previously named in her honour; it was later renamed Laerskool Westgold. A street in Goodwood, Cape Town retains her name.
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