Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
Betty’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were bathed in the light of her love. They were also bathed in her kitchen sink. It was one of the family’s favorite memories of their mother.
She was the Queen Mother of the Red Hot Sisters. After Denzel’s passing and her own retirement, Betty found a lot of time on her hands so she founded the local chapter of The Red Hat Society.
Over the years she wore many other hats: home room mother, Cub Scout den mother, Brownie leader, Mother’s Club, Bridge Club, treasurer for 5th Thursday Ladies’ group, President of the Willows’ Resident Association. She was a Past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star (she originally joined Eastern Star so she could see Rhea Ann be initiated). Betty was selected to be Mother Advisor for the local Rainbow Girls Chapter and was honored to be the State Mother Advisor in 1986-87.
Betty was a woman of culture. She enjoyed Broadway shows and bunco. Quilting and crocheting were also hobbies of Betty’s. She and her daughter-in-law, Tina, took a quilting class together. They pieced together many memories quilting and going to quilt shops. Betty also enjoyed sewing. On many occasions she stayed up all night to make Rhea Ann the perfect outfit for a special day.
Betty was a long-time member of Trinity Baptist Church.
Until the ultimate heavenly family reunion, Betty’s presence will forever be remembered through the love and traditions she shared. She will be remembered with a smile.
Betty is survived by her sons Ben Eugene, Denny Lee and wife Tina; daughter Rhea Ann; sister-in-law Tokee Lacey Richards of Shawnee, Oklahoma; grandchildren Larry Brent Williamson of Oklahoma City, Lesley Denzel of Yukon, Bryan Lee of Oklahoma City, Denver Lee and wife Kelsey, Dylan Caleb and Jesse Denzel; step-grandchildren J.C. Johnson of Oklahoma City, Clay Johnson of Medicine Park. Adam Poore of Abileen, Texas, and Patty Poore Hunt of Oklahoma City; great-grandchildren Morgan Elizabeth, Cutter James, Laine Alexander and Sawyer Lee; and a host of nieces and nephews.