I'll miss our conversasions together
I will always remember when we would go visit Grandma in OKC and she would make her Beef ala King, that was some good stuff!! (So were your mints you used to keep in that jar in the kitchen). We will miss you Grandma. Love, Steve
Robert and I will always cherish our memories with Mom. She was always there for you when you needed her. She also loved her granddog Abby. Her oldest grandson Rob loved to tease her and get her going and she loved it. She was a good wife, mother, and grandmother to all her family. Although we didn't see her as much as we would have liked to I am glad she is at peace and with Dad. We will miss you so very much.
Words cannot express how much I will miss my mother. She brought me into this world, and I saw her out of it. We had the honor of taking care of her when she needed our help, and even though this was not always easy, I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm sure raising me wasn't always easy either. I hope mom and dad are reuinited, and watching over us once again.
Thank all of you who took the time to write in mom's guest book and for being her friends and family that she loved so much.
Thank you Free and Damia for being special grand kids that loved their grandma, and for giving her such special great grandchildren.
We will all miss you mom....as Chuck would say, "Who loves you?"
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo I will miss you very very much.
We Lived next door to Betty and Phil while I was stationed at the Coast Guard Institute in the late 60's and early 70's and we kept in touch with Betty after Phils passing.Will miss her phone calls just to keep in touch and talk.
So sorry to hear that Betty, my mother's cousin has passed. She wrote me some endearing letters when Mom couldn't write anymore. My mother, Leilla Broadbent Appleton, also died right before Christmas in 2003. I hope they are joined with long gone friends and relatives in a new life laughing together as they did before. My sympathy goes out to all her family at this time. Love, Catherine Dillon
I am so sorry for your loss. I know losing such a dear loved one would be tough any time of year but the holidays make it even more difficult. Val & Chuck, You are very special people that your mom was so lucky to have taking care of her.
Aunt Betty I will miss you dearly, and I will always have you in my heart. I still remember the boat trip mom-mom, you and I went on, it was the best day. The trips down to see Aunt Janice, to Dover Mall, and the trip mom-mom took me on out to see you. I had a blast you always made sure everything was going good. I will always miss you, i'm just sad i will never be able to come out and see you again. Love always, Lisa Dill
A lovely lady I had the pleasure of knowing for many years.
My heart is breaking for u all right now. I remember going with Free to the city and seeing her. Sitting outside on her driveway when I think it's Free's Aunt Phyllis was down with her grand baby. She reminded me of Bradley's great gma Maxine. Remember just a few months ago sitting in the back of Valorie and Chucks house as grand kids went running around she just took it all in. I m so sorry she had departed from here. I m sure ur papa was waiting at the gates of heaven just waiting on his woman.
Sorry for your loss. I know you will miss her
You are amazing, and will be deeply missed! I was truly blessed to have you around! Miles apart never stopped you and mom-mom from being sisters and best friends! You both loved to travel, and she loved taking her trips with you! She would come home with pictures and stories from your adventures! Even though you were out in Oklahoma it never stopped you from spending Christmas time and special events with us also! I want to thank my cousins for sharing you with us!
Love always and forever,
Words can not express how sorry we are to hear of your sweet Mother's passing Valerie. We are glad she had the joy of living close to you and you were able to be together so much these last years. To you and all your family we offer our deepest sympathy~
Tony and Athel Pitman and family
I remember as a little girl waking up on a Saturday morning, getting dressed, teeth brushed and then mom saying let's get in the truck. Of course the next question was “Where are we going” mom knew better than to tell us because all the way there she would hear “are we almost there yet?” Once we reached the highway, Damia and I would figure out that we were going to GRANDMA'S house for the weekend and then the sheer excitement would begin. On the ever so long 2 hour drive to Oklahoma City from Eufaula, we would talk to truckers on the CB radio. Mom always packed oatmeal crème pies and Dr. Pepper for our road trip snack. When we arrived at grandma's house we were always greeted with a hug, kiss, and always a little something special for her girls. My ‘favorite' something special was a little short sleeved blue short set with white polka dots. I think this was my favorite outfit EVER!
Our weekends were filled with so much that it seemed like we were in go, go, go mode. Grandma's neighbor Lynn, let us girls swim and play with her beautiful Alaskan Huskies. At every opportunity these beautiful indoor dogs would escape, find their way to grandma's and howl until she opened the door and let them in. So, in they would come and grandma would go to her chair and call Lynn and say “Guess who came to visit?” Soon after, Lynn would arrive to retrieve her little escapee! Betty enjoyed those dogs very much and it just tickled her that they always found their way to her door.
What would a weekend visit to grandma's be without a trip to Crossroads Mall (this was my favorite thing to do for many years) until the one time that grandma was driving and some young man decided that it would be ok to cut grandma off. Most grandmas would have let this go, but not my grandma, Betty Rich sped that Altima up and well…..let just say she didn't waive all 5 fingers at him! As mom sat in the front and Damia and I in the back in total embarrassment, all I could think was “Grandma's going to get us killed!” Not to worry though, if he had in fact turned around, my grandma was well equipped with her little pistol that she kept tucked ever so carefully in her console.
I moved to OKC in August of 2000 to attend college and from this move my grandma and I became very close. We ate dinner's together, went to movies, shopped, and took trips across town to see her friends Lotte and Mercedes. In 2002 my husband Eric came into the picture and he also became close to my grandmother. Then the dinners, movies and shopping trips were taken by the three of us. Eric would run errands with her for her when I could not; fix things around the house, and did I mention she embarrassed him a few times too? Eric say's “I loved taking naps in grandma's recliner….to this day I think that was the most comfortable recliner I ever took a nap in. She always made sure I was well fed, greeting me with a sandwich and a tasty cake after every minor repair job I performed for her. The only exception I take was the time she convinced me to eat a scrapple sandwich…eeewhh! I still can't get that taste out of my mouth. I was so glad to get to know and love her; we will miss you GG”
Eric, thank you for loving my grandma, she loved you too.
Lotte: Thank you for being my grandma's best friend for so many years. I could bet money that if I had been calling grandma on the phone for the past 30 minutes and kept getting a busy signal in the middle of the day, I knew she was on the phone with you. When I worked on the south side of the city, it was just as easy to get in my car and drive over her house, versus waiting for her to get off the phone with you. Two teenage girls talking on the phone couldn't hold a candle to Betty and Lotte! Lotte you and grandma were like sisters and you will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We love you and thank you for loving our Betty!
Mercedes Allen, and her entire family were very dear to my grandmother. Mercedes was called home on January 31, 2011 at the age of 93, and due to the snowy and icy weather we were unable to get grandma back to the city for her funeral. Mercedes and her family invited grandmother and I for Thanksgiving in 2001 because I was on call and unable to go far. Instead of grandma and I having Thanksgiving by ourselves, the Allen family invited us to their home. To Mercedes' family, if you are here, thank you for loving my grandmother, she loved you all; Mercedes and Claude, Kermit, Carol and Larry, Joe and Ann, Judy and Greg and the whole family.
Her great grand babies: Malia, Cashe, Ariana & Jonah, I wish you could have seen the look in your GGs eyes the first time she held you. Those moments your mommies will cherish forever. Always remember that your GG loved you very much.
In October of 2007 I got a phone call from Lynn (grandma's neighbor stating that grandma had fallen. Eric's and I rushed to grandma's house. From this fall and hospital stay, we found out that grandma had kidney cancer to the extent of needing to have one of her kidneys removed. After her surgery, we had to decide where she could recover and receive a little assistance. We chose the Sterling House in Midwest City which would allow me to be close and check on her daily. When we came to the realization that grandma could not go back home and live alone anymore, we made the decision to move her to Eufaula where her daughter, Valorie could oversee her care.
I think selling grandma's house and deciding what to do with her little car were some of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make. Giving up a place of wonderful memories and condensing her belongs to only what she absolutely needed. Eric and I decided to purchase grandma's car, hoping that she would find comfort in knowing it was in good hands and that she would still be able to ride in it from time to time. However, with her dementia she didn't recognize that it was her car, in fact she preceded to tell us what a good looking car it was! We just smiled and said “Why thank you GG”
Mom, thank you for taking on the task of being grandma's caregiver. Friends I do not use the term caregiver lightly, my mother still works Monday through Friday and managed to come home every day on her lunch break and make her mother's lunch. In the evenings grandma would use her walker and walk the deck to mom & dads house for dinner. At 10 p.m. mom would walk back to grandma's place and together they would watch the news, she helped grandma with her bathing and then they watched Two and a Half Men. Family and friends, this was done EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.
Dad (Chuck): Underneath that long hair of yours is a very caring and compassionate man. Thank you for helping mom and stepping in to help with grandma's care. When grandma's stubbornness kicked in and she decided that she did not want to exercise her muscles for the day, you were just the encouragement she needed, because you wouldn't let her slide on anything. Some day's it was a couple of laps around the deck and other days you would walk her to the street and back. Like clockwork, dad would see to it that grandma made it to her hair appointment every Thursday in downtown Eufaula. Just in case you have any doubts that my grandma loved my daddy, On December 17, 2012 at the Muskogee Hospital ER, grandma was resting with her eyes closed and my dad touched grandma's hand and said “Who Loves You Betty?” and with a smile she turned her head looked at my dad and said “You do.” He replied “That's right!”
I love you grandma! My heart is truly broken, but in the same breath rejoicing knowing that you are no longer in pain and that you spent this Christmas with our Savior in Heaven. We should all be jealous. Love, your granddaughter, Free
I was sorry to learn of Betty's death. Betty was a long time friend of our family and we will miss her smile and laughter. Betty was a regular at our family dinners and picnics throughout the years. She was a good friend to my Mom.
I will always cherish the times Free and I spent taking dinner and movie dates with you. I loved taking naps in your recliner...to this day I think that was the most comfortable recliner I ever took a nap in. Thank you for always making sure I was well fed, greeting me with a sandwich and a tasty cake after every minor repair job I performed on your house. I do take exception, however, to the time you convinced me to eat a scrapple sandwich...eeewhh! I still can't get that flavor out of my mouth. I'm so glad I was able to get to know and love you. I will miss you very much, GG.
Love, Eric J.