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Betty Jo Atwater


1933 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Betty Jo Atwater Obituary
Atwater, Betty Jo
Our dear mother, Betty Jo Atwater passed away in Phoenix on March 30, 2016 at age 83. She was born in Tahoka, Texas on January 30, 1933. She grew up in Vernon, Texas where she met and married Lee, her husband of 62 years. His construction work brought them to live in many places in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. They settled down in Flagstaff in 1967, moved to Phoenix in 1977 and then retired to the small community of Pine. She is survived by her son Gary Atwater (Pamela) from Phoenix, daughters; Barbara West (Lonnie) from Payson, and Brenda Espino (Michael) from Pinetop, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Betty is preceded in death by her husband Lee, parents Raymond and Dona Lea Kilgore, a sister Hazel Craig, brothers Dan, R.L. (Bud) and Fred Kilgore. Betty was a homemaker who showered her family with handmade treasures which included covered photo albums, embroidered blankets and dolls and stuffed toys for all the grandbabies. She will be remembered for her love of family, her great sense of humor and great love of country music. Our hearts are broken and we will miss her dearly but we know she is resting peacefully with family that she missed so much. Services will be held April 9th at 1:00 pm at Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary, 200 W. Beardsley Rd., Phoenix, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 6, 2016
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