MARIETTA — Betty Joyce Rhoades Wolfe, of Marietta, was born Jan. 31, 1929, the daughter of Floyd Rhoades and Mattie Jo Sifford Rhoades Hill. She passed away Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Yukon, surrounded by her loving daughters. Services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Marietta’s First Baptist Church with Pastor Shane Norton officiating, assisted by Ken Delashaw. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Marietta, under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marietta.
Betty came to Love County at the age of three and spent her youngest years on a farm west of Marietta. In 1940, she moved to the Bomar community where she met her husband, William H. (Bill) Wolfe. Betty and Bill were married on Aug. 23, 1947, and made their home in Love County all of their married life. Bill preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 2012.
Betty became a member of the First Baptist Church in 1955. She taught the beginners and seventh grade girls Sunday school classes for several years, as well as the girls’ auxiliary. She loved to sing and was a faithful member of the choir for over 40 years.
Betty graduated from Thackerville High School in 1948. Shortly after graduation, she worked as a secretary of the local draft board and then began a 20-year career serving in the Love County Courthouse. In 1991, she retired from a full-time position with the Red River Valley Rural Electric Association.
Betty can be remembered for the many volunteer hours she spent working for the organizations she felt would make her community a better place to live. She always said her most rewarding volunteer work was being a member of the Friends of the Library, where she worked with many generous Love County citizens to raise the funds to construct a beautiful new library for the county. She enjoyed working with the Democratic Party for over 50 years, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and the American Legion Auxiliary. She also enjoyed music, art, bird watching, flower gardening, sports and working on her computer.
One of Betty’s favorite pastimes was commemorating the different holidays by decorating her home both inside and out for family gatherings. Her greatest delight in life was visiting with her children, grandchildren and other family members in her home in Marietta. She adored all of her family members and had a special bond with each of them.
Betty is survived by her daughters, Patti Minyard and husband, Dickie, of Marietta and Anna Minyard and husband, Davie, of Yukon; as well as her sister, Maxine Rhoades Bealer of Sierra Vista, Ariz. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Matt Minyard, Natalie Timson (Benjamin), Julie Brooks (Jon) and Elizabeth Litts (David); and four great-grandchildren, Hannah Timson, Tyler Timson, Zachary Timson and Boston Brooks.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband; two brothers, Floydell Rhoades and Cecil E. Hill; and a sister, Odessa Rhoades Reasoner.
Serving as casket bearers will be Ken Delashaw, Bub Peery, Lynn Puckett, Richard Cain, Bill Dvorak and Ron Jacobs. Honorary bearers are Pat Owens, Corie Delashaw, Wilma Easley, Tankie and Peggy Spivey, Vickie Presley and Linda Nelson.
Per Betty’s request, the family will not hold a viewing. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Love County Friends of the Library or the Love County Military Museum c/o Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home 100 E. Main St., Marietta, OK 73448.
Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com.