Betty Jean (Rose) Withers,
longtime Beggs resident, died Monday evening, July 6, 2009 at St. John Medical
Center of Sapulpa. She was 84 years
of age. Mrs. Withers was born
February 22, 1925 in Cromwell, Oklahoma to Orvil and Velma (Saladin) Rose.
She graduated from Beggs High School in 1943 and married Charlie Frank
Withers on May 15, 1943 in Sapulpa.
She joined the First United Methodist Church of Beggs in 1938 where she had
remained a very active member and held numerous offices until her death.
She was also a member of the United Methodist Women.
She worked for many years at Harvey’s Grocery Store and retired as a cook
at Beggs Public Schools. While
working, she was an active partner in the family dairy farm, of which she
remained the owner and operator.
She was a member of the OES Study Club and the Order of the Eastern Star, where
she held the position of Worthy Matron in 1961, as well as many other positions
throughout her life.
Mrs. Withers was preceded
in death by her father, Orvil Rose, mother Velma Hill, husband, Charlie Withers,
an infant son, John Franklin Withers, two sisters, Frances Sadler and Loretta
Perkins and a brother, Donald Ray Rose.
Survivors include her
daughters, Vicki Phillips and husband John of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Carol
Naranjo and husband David of Bethany, Oklahoma and Jane Withers of Beggs,
granddaughter, Susana Richards and husband Joe of Lewisville, Texas, grandsons,
Mark Phillips of Denton, Texas, Tony Naranjo of Norman, Oklahoma and Brian
Phillips and wife Caitlin of Oklahoma City, a great granddaughter, Julie
Richards and a half sister, Ellen Kay Wesley.
Funeral services for Mrs.
Withers will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, July 10, 2009 at the First United
Methodist Church of Beggs with Reverend Josh Blanchard officiating.
Interment will follow in the Beggs Cemetery
Casketbearers will be Richard Mitchell, Bill Wylie, Burt Jones, Roy
Griffin, Johnny Heredon, and George Everett.
Honorary casketbearers will be Kenneth Buckley, Wanda Buckley and Vera
Baker. Friends may visit the
funeral home from 12-8 Thursday and 9-12 Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Beggs Masonic Lodge or Beggs
Order of the Eastern Star in care of the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral
Home of Beggs. Online condolences
may be sent at www.mcclendon-winters.com