May 8, 1923 - Dec 20, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Betty May Rich, 89, was greeted at Heaven's gate on December 20, 2012. She was born May 8, 1923, in Wilmington, DE to Edmund Butterworth and Addie Hickman (Smith) Broadbent. Betty was proud to tell anyone that she was from the very first state, Delaware, and that she graduated from Wilmington H.S. in 1941. She began working at the Cathedral Church of St. John at the age of 17 and would later marry Philip Eugene Rich at the Cathedral in Wilmington on December 1, 1944. Being a military family, Betty and Phil lived in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington state, Missouri and in 1961, finally settled in Oklahoma. Phil and Betty were married for 39 years when Phil passed September 10, 1984. She was a longtime member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in south OKC. In 1985, she began volunteer work at Will Rogers World Airport, where she served more than 3,500 hours. She was also a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for 15 years. After a decline in health, Betty moved to Eufaula in 2008, where her daughter, Valorie, and son-in-law, Chuck, could oversee her care. She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip Eugene Rich; and one sister, Doris "Virginia" Dill, and husband, Marion. Survivors include her children: Phyllis Puckett and husband Robert, of Hinesville, GA; and Valorie Pitman and husband Chuck, of Eufaula, OK; grandchildren: Robert O. Puckett Jr. and wife Rose, of Lafayette, LA; Steve Puckett, of Scott, LA; Free Pitman-Jordan and husband Eric, of Harrah, OK; and Damia Pitman-Vogt and husband Mike, of Eufaula, OK; and great-grandchildren, Hanna Puckett, Malia and Jonah Jordan, and Cashe and Ariana Vogt. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. December 27, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in south Oklahoma City. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Greenwood Cemetery, Eufaula, OK. Condolences may be offered at www.eisenhourfuneral.com www.eisenhourfuneral.com
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Published in The Oklahoman from Dec. 23 to Dec. 26, 2012