BETTY JEAN DRUKTENIS

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BETTY JEAN (HUNT) DRUKTENIS NOVEMBER 1, 1928 ~ MARCH 23, 2013 Betty Jean (Hunt) Druktenis was born November 1, 1928, to Thuron Hamilton Hunt and Zula Shelton Hunt, in Wheeler, Texas. Later, her family moved to a dugout in New Mexico where they pioneered a homestead. She was one of four daughters and four sons. When the men in her family went to war, Betty Jean had to drop out of school - the eighth grade - to haul water and drive the family pickup for supplies. However, she never lost her love of learning and growing. She met and married John C. Druktenis, Sr., from Chicago, IL (son of Lithuanian immigrants) when he came to Vaughn, New Mexico with the railroad. At the age of 16 they married and received one plastic tablecloth as a gift. From this humble beginning, they built their family and saw many miracles. She and John, Sr., were married 58 years; he preceded her in death in 2002. She is survived by their children; son, John C. Druktenis, Jr., of Tulsa, Oklahoma (wife Cheryl); son Ron Druktenis of Colorado; Rev. Gene Druktenis of Santa Fe, New Mexico (wife Daryl), and daughter Deborah Benton (husband David of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma). She has 13 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. One sister, Monique Davis, of Spokane, Washington and other precious extended family members, also survive her. Though she had a variety of careers during her lifetime, her most cherished roles were that of wife, mother, and grandmother and, of course, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. She served with her husband as pastors of a pioneer work in New Mexico, where they cared for people and touched lives throughout the years. She was a woman of great faith who served her Lord with her whole heart. She will be missed. One of her favorite songs was, "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder." The roll has been called, and she has answered. With great love and respect, 'Have a wonderful homecoming, Mom, Grandma Betty, Grammy, and Pastor Betty.'
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900