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Betty Lou McQueen


1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
McQueen, Betty Lou
After a long and eventful life, Betty Lou died at 89 of Alzheimer's disease on June 13, 2016 in Phoenix. She was born in Richmond, Indiana, to Paul and Darlie Monroe, and raised by Paul and her step-mother Esther in Williamsburg, Ind., in the heart of Quaker country. In a tale straight out of "Hoosiers", Betty married her high school sweetheart and basketball star Ed McQueen in 1946. They spent 70 years loving each other, God, family and country. After stints in Louisville, Ky., and Ogden, Utah, Betty and Ed moved with their 5 children to Arizona in 1965, joining First Southern Baptist the day they arrived in Phoenix. Through First Southern, Trinity and North Phoenix Southern Baptist churches, Betty and Ed set a standard for serving Christ Jesus whether volunteering for missions or teaching Bible classes for children, teens, adults or seniors. Countless people have been blessed by Betty and Ed's generosity of spirit and love. Betty's main career was as administrative assistant for 22 years with Phoenix Union High School District. In retirement, Betty enjoyed traveling with Ed, with trips to Canada, England, Israel and Monroe Clan Gatherings among the highlights of their world travels. Ed's last words to his lifelong sweetheart were, "I love you, goodbye, I'll see you in a better world". Mourning Betty's passing while celebrating her rich life are Ed, children Pauletta (Barry) Wilson, Steve, Max, Jenny (Bob) Schrum Jr., and David (Jamie) and grandchildren Tina Wilson and Kevin (Shaniell) Wilson, Nathan McQueen, Michael (Jennifer) Farrell, Lori (Jason) Wainwright, Melissa DeFio, Matt (Jessica) Schrum, Ryan (Amanda) McQueen, Alexandra and Andrew McQueen. Missing hugs and kisses from their great-grandma are: Aubrey, JoCee, Danielle, Gabrielle, Colton, Brennan, Anthony, Nicholas, Joseph, Hailey, Kaitlyn and Quinn. Predeceasing Betty are her sister Darma, daughter-in-law Diane, and great-granddaughter Charis. Survivors include brother Frank (Mae) Monroe, sister Idris (Ron) Smith, sister-in-law Jean Green and numerous Indiana nieces and nephews. The McQueen family thanks Beatitudes Campus of Care and Sweet Home Adult Care Home for their tender, loving care of Betty. Viewing is 10 a.m. Friday, June 17 followed by Betty's funeral at 11 a.m., First Southern Baptist, 3100 W. Camelback, Phx. Graveside service is 6 p.m., Fri. June 17 at Greenwood Cemetery, 719 N. 27th Ave. In addition to flowers, the McQueen family invites you to donate in Betty's memory to her favorite charity, Lura Turner Homes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, 8640 N. 19th Ave., #14, Phx, Az., 85021, or the .
Published in The Arizona Republic from June 15 to June 16, 2016
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