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BETTY LEWIS

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March 4, 1933 - December 21, 2012 BLANCHARD Betty (Binyon) Lewis, 79, of Blanchard, Oklahoma, was the daughter of GW and Rose Evelyn (Shelton) Binyon. She was born on March 4, 1933, in Huntington Park, California, and died Friday, December 21, 2012, at her home. Betty was a 1951 graduate of Blanchard High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in 1957. She was President of the Women's Athletic Association and played varsity softball and field hockey. She began her teaching career in 1957 with Vinita Public Schools. Her teaching career at Blanchard Public Schools began in 1958, retiring in 1995 after thirty-seven years of service. She coached basketball, softball, and volleyball as well as teaching many "birds" in speech, drama, journalism, democracy, science, English, social studies, language arts, and economics. Betty has been named Blanchard PTA Junior High Teacher of the Year in 1970 and Blanchard High School Teacher of the Year 1971-1972. She was an integral part of the formation of the Blanchard Association of Classroom Teachers. She served on the board at Oklahoma State University Women's Athletic Association as President and participated in many other civic endeavors. Betty was inducted into the Blanchard Public School Education Foundation Hall of Fame on August 13, 2008. She was honored by the dedication of the Betty Binyon Lewis Alumni Center building on October 23, 2012. Her love for Blanchard is most evident in the many, many hours she has devoted to the Alumni Association. Betty has been at the forefront of that organization since its inception. Betty was a member of the Blanchard Alumni Association, serving as the Executive Secretary for over twenty-five years, Oklahoma State University Alumni Association, Posse Club, and the "O" Club. She served as President of Gamma Phi Beta Mom's Club 1983-1984. She was a member of the Eastern Star for over fifty years. She served on the Blanchard Cemetery Board for sixteen years and on the Blanchard Planning Commission for six years. The Binyon family was the founding family of the Festival of Light in Chickasha, Oklahoma, in 1993. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, December 23, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Blanchard, Oklahoma. Rev. Ray Sims will officiate. Interment will be at Blanchard Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, Perry, Oklahoma, and assisted by Eisenhour Funeral Home, Blanchard, Oklahoma. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blanchard Alumni Association, in care of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, 1010 N 7th St, Perry, OK 73077. Betty is survived by "G" Pruitt Lewis, of the home; one daughter, Lizabeth Jane Lewis Armstrong, and her husband, Maurice, of Blanchard, Oklahoma; and one grandson, Alden Lewis Armstrong, of Blanchard, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her parents, GW and Evelyn Binyon; one sister, Patricia Ruth "Pat" Dugger; and one brother, George Edgar "Eddie" Binyon. Online condolences may be sent to the family using the online guestbook at www.brown-duggerfuneralhome.com www.brown-duggerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 22, 2012
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