Bettie Willis Owens, 84, of Amarillo, TX went home to see her Savior on July 4, 2021.
Services will be held on July 10, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at the Pantheon Mausoleum at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, TX. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Bettie was born on January 16, 1937, to Chester Elmer (C.E.) and Thelma Johnson in McCaulley, Texas. Bettie married Charles “Charlie” Ray Willis on December 28, 1954, in Smyer, Texas, and they were married until May 5, 1999, when Charlie died. Charlie and Bettie had two daughters, Annette Robinson of Fort Worth, Texas, and Cheryl Bell, formerly of Amarillo, Texas. In 2001, Bettie married Bill Owens of Amarillo, Texas, and they were married until Bill’s death in 2015.
Bettie graduated from Smyer High School in 1954. In 1968, she graduated with a degree in elementary education from Texas Tech. Bettie was a fifth-grade schoolteacher in Seminole, Texas for 25 years before she and Charlie retired and moved to Amarillo in 1996. Bettie was a long-time member of both FBC Seminole and Trinity Baptist Church of Amarillo. She was a faithful and devoted follower of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her favorite verse is found in Jeremiah 29: 11, which reads: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” She loved to teach Sunday School and taught single women for many years before teaching senior adults. Bettie was devoted to her children and grandchildren and helped them with various projects in school. She even made dolls in her grandchildren’s likeness. Besides church and family, Bettie loved to sew, read, can vegetables, play board games, and visit with friends. Bettie was a great cook, with fried chicken being one of her specialties. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Bettie was preceded in death by her parents; by Charlie and Bill; and by her brother, James.
She is survived by her two daughters, Annette and Cheryl and Cheryl’s husband Robert; by five grandchildren, Charles Robinson of Allen, Texas, Audrey Robinson of Iowa, Patrick Bell and wife Kathryn of Tyler, Texas, Thomas Bell of Galesburg, Illinois, and Emily Hewitt and husband John of Hewitt, Texas; four great-grandchildren; four siblings, Martha Honnol of Lubbock, Texas, Malcolm Johnson of Aurora, Colorado and his wife Helen, Edna Lou Fortman of Granbury, Texas and her husband Bob, and Truman Johnson of San Angelo, Texas and his wife Jan; and her sister-in-law, Jane Phillips of Lubbock, Texas.
Memorial donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, parkinson.org, or BSA Hospice of the Southwest, 5211 SW 9th Ste. 100, Amarillo, TX 79106.