Betty Ruth Samota


Betty Ruth Samota departed our world on November 4th, 2021, from San Diego, California.  She had graced all who knew her with charm and strength for ninety-six years. Before she moved from Texas, to be near her family, Betty enjoyed a successful life in Amarillo. She was ahead of her time as a woman in the business of income property development and investments with her long-time partner, Mack Dick. The Betty R. Samota Women in Business Scholarship fund was established at West Texas A&M University to aid and encourage young women to enter the world of business.

She made time in her life to see the world. With traveling companion Pat Marr, Betty visited exotic ports of call, from Antarctica to Angkor Wat, and Victoria Falls to Bulgaria. She lived life to the fullest.

Betty was born on December 26, 1924, in Salina, Kansas to DeLaurence Train and Eva (Wood) Train. Her father worked at a local creamery and her mother was a housewife.

She married Lt. JG Gene Geantil and together they had a son, Tom. Gene died in 1948 in a military training accident. Betty later married Lt. Commander Frank Samota and had daughters Gail, Sue, and Angela. Frank passed away in 1965.

In addition to her husbands, Betty was preceded in death by brothers Eugene Train and Ralph Train, and also by her youngest daughter, Angela Samota.

She is survived by her brother George Train, and sisters Agdalee Church and Ellen Windell. Also, by her children, Tom Geantil, Gail Samota, Sue Samota, and 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.   She leaves many friends and relatives who knew and loved her.

Services will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, December 4, 2021, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo, Texas 79109.

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