1934 - 2016 Betty Kirkland McDonald, 82, passed away November 12, 2016. She was born on July 11, 1934, in Lufkin, Texas, to James and Lillie Kirkland. A longtime resident of Port Neches and Nederland, Betty lived her last ten years in Village Mills, Hardin County. Betty graduated from Port Neches High School in 1952. She dedicated the following years to mothering her family-five children, in all-then began her career outside the home. She eventually retired as a supervisor for the Texas Department of Human Services in Jefferson County in 1994. Betty led a life of quiet service to others. She was devoted to her children, for whom she was a single parent for years, teaching them the virtues of responsibility and ethical behavior. After retirement, she served as a volunteer for twenty years with the Al-Anon information center in Beaumont. Known for her resilient and independent character, she was a private person with a sharp sense of humor, and adhered to the values of discretion and loyalty. She took great joy in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Betty had a passion for reading and gardening. She enjoyed traveling, and did so frequently until a disabling accident in 2014 left her homebound. Her last two years were difficult but she remained as resilient as ever. She died at home with family, where she wanted to be. Surviving family members include husband, Dennis McDonald; children, Christopher Cook, Wayne Cook, Sidney Cook, Sheila Ellingson, and Scott Cook; grandchildren, Athena Gerbsch-Cook, Cameron Cook, Carson Cook, Conor Cook, Benjamin Julik, Alison Vruno, Aubrey Cook, Josh Cook, and Constance Cook; and great-grandchildren, Asa Christopher Montie, Christopher Joseph Vruno, Andrew Joseph Vruno, Kirkland Cook, Jordyn Kay Cook, and Eva June Cook. A gathering of Betty's family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with her funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Wildwood Village Mills United Methodist Church, 5934 FM Road 3063, Village Mills, under the direction of Broussard's, Kountze. There will be an informal lunch gathering of family and friends at the church after the service to celebrate Betty's life, with her interment to follow at 2:30 p.m., at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Nov. 18, 2016