Betty Carol Meeks peacefully passed away on February 18, 2019 after a brief illness. Through all of Betty’s 89 years of life, her strong faith and devotion to and from her family was her passion.
Betty was born to William and Alice Rumbaugh on December 24, 1929 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Wanda “Doll” Hatch, brother Bill Rumbaugh and her devoted husband Ralph L. Meeks. Betty is survived by her daughter Carol (Randy) Barnes of Granbury, TX, son David (Donna) Meeks of Springfield, MO, Daughter Kathy (Charlie) Murphy of Roswell, 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, sister Ann (Paul) Criswell, brother Russell Rumbaugh, sisters-in-law Carol Rumbaugh and Jeanie Klement, brother-in-law Bob Meeks along with several nieces and nephews. She loved her family well and was loved by each of them.
Betty graduated from Odessa High School and went on to attend college at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. There, she received her degree in elementary education. More importantly, that is where she met Ralph, her best friend and husband of 57 years. They were married on June 20, 1951 in Odessa, Texas. They soon moved to Roswell, where Betty continued her teaching career. She left the school room for several years to be a stay at home mom to her three children. She later returned to teaching and retired in 1988. During her tenure of teaching, she taught first grade at Military Heights, Chisum, and Pecos Elementary schools.
Betty was a devoted church member. As a talented musician, she sang in the choir, played piano and helped lead the chancel choir. She shared her God given talent whenever asked. She and Ralph were also honored to visit shut-ins and anyone not able to attend church for some reason. Her beaming beautiful smile and open personality made her a welcome visitor for so many people. Until Ralph’s death, they were active in the Emmaus Community. She was on numerous “walks” and was a Lay Director. Most recently, she was the substitute teacher for her beloved Sunday School class at the First Church of the Nazarene. If it was her time to substitute, we didn’t see much of her because she was studying and getting prepared for Sunday. As a valiant prayer warrior, she would sometimes end a telephone conversation by saying she had to go because it was her scheduled time to pray on the prayer chain.
Betty had many interests. She took after her father and had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. She also loved to play games. Her quick mind made her a natural for bridge. She and Ralph achieved life master status in Duplicate Bridge. She especially loved to play “party” bridge and even helped a few friends learn the game after she moved to her new home at Peachtree. Betty loved the fishing trips the family took. They enjoyed many fun camping trips with dear friends and family. Some just to Bonita Lake and others hundreds of miles away. “Where” didn’t matter - just the “who”! She treated herself to having her hair and nails done every week. If it was Friday, we knew where to find her!
She will be missed by so many friends and family, her church family, her fellow Peachtree residents and the sweet ladies in her Tuesday morning bible study.
A Celebration of Betty’s life will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:30 am at the First Church of the Nazarene.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.
Betty will be missed here on earth, but I Ralph I s there in heaven welcoming her. Perhaps they are spending time with Chalmer and Katie. Betty was a dear friend. My sympathy to her family.
Kathy Holloway IrwinKennewick, WA
Kathy and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We were so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. God bless and be with each of you.
In Prayer and Friendship,
Billy and Sharon Bird
Minette and Preston Harper
Bill and Sharon BIrdRoswell, NM
I was saddened to hear that my very dear friend has passed. She and I taught at Pecos Elementary for many years. She and Ralph, my husband, my son, and I had gone on many fishing and camping trips together. She was also David’s, my son, first grade teacher and he also has great memories of their friendship. Betty will be greatly missed. She was a very special person.
Annette MarrIdaho Falls, ID
Kathy, sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. I was very blessed to have meet your mom through you when I was at Community Bible Study. She was an amazing lady and I enjoyed talking to her and she even made me laugh. She will be missed. May the Lord hold you and your family extra tight in his arms and allow you all to moran as long as you need to. Love in God's eyes.
Debbie MillsRoswell, NM
My condolences to each of you and your family. Imagine living in a world free of sickness, suffering and death. It is possible, for the Bible assures us of such a world and we can trust in Jehovah God’s word for he is able to fulfill whatever he promises. (Isaiah 33:24, 55:11 and Revelation 21:3, 4) Your family are in my prayers.
I have so many wonderful memories of growing up in Roswell, spending time at the Meeks home, playing all sorts of fun games with friends and family. Of course, there had to be a fish fry. It wouldn’t have been the same without it. Blessings to all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Betty was truly loved.
Tonya WinderCave Creek, AZ
Dear Family of Mrs. Meeks
It so saddened me to read about her passing..I taught Kinder at Pecos Elem. and Betty was my next door neighbor...She was always willing to help and fun to be around...
May God's Blessings and the memories you have of your mother & grandmother support you Forever.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Beautiful Mom.
Corinne DuranRoswell, NM
I taught next door to Betty for many years at Pecos Elementary. She spoke so lovingly of Ralph and their children and eventually the grandchildren. We shared laughter and tears I will miss my dear friend. I hope there's a bridge game in heaven.
Melinda GonzalezRoswell, NM
Sorry for your loss.
Roger & Loir BarnesSeminole, TX