We are here to celebrate the “Gone Home” of Betty Jo Woods, born January 30, 1932 to Joe and Elma Rose in Moyers, Oklahoma. She was escorted by angels from home to Heaven on September 29, 2021.
She was widowed by the passing of Billy Woods on March 3, 2018. They lived in Hugo, Oklahoma. Several years after he passed she moved to Alvarado, TX to live with her daughter Karen and son in law, Jim.
Betty was born 1 of 6 children. She has 2 bothers, Leroy Rose and his wife Lois, and Paul Sipes and his wife Joan. She has 3 sisters, Mildred, Alma, and Katheryn (all in Heaven).
Life started out hard and stayed that way for many years. She told life stories of heartache, heartbreak but many happy ones as well. At a very young age she got married and started having all those babies…7 in all! Many times she would say “We all grew up together”.
Her Children and Grandchildren are:
Daughter- Janet Payne (in Heaven), her husband Ron and their sons David and Noah.
Son- Jackie Colley, his wife Patricia, their children Carmen, Case, Jaqueline, Stephanie, and Max. Their grandchildren Jamie, Chase, Collin, Jack, Katie, CJ, Adrianne, Halina, Elise and Nathan and their great grandchildren Cora, Aiden and Titus
Daughter- Sandra Myers and her children Angela (in Heaven), Stephanie Curd, and her grandchildren Ashley, Adam and Lucas.
Son- Rickey Slagle, his wife Annie and their children Nikita, Nitasha, Jacob, and their grandchild Sophia.
Son- Ronnie Slagle, his wife Janet, their children Joshua and Denee, and their grandchildren Gabby, Chloe and Max.
Daughter- Karen Dominey, her husband Jim and their children Johnna, Jimmy, Alissa, Brandon and their grandchildren Ben and Payton
Son- Steven Slagle (in Heaven) and his children Caleb and Emily.
She also had many precious nephews and friends.
So, if you’re counting that’s a bunch! And Betty was a bragger. Anyone that sacked her groceries, changed her hair color, stood too close for too long, gave her a pedicure… heard all about them, especially her multiple 5 generations, whether they could understand her or not she told them. Her children and grandchildren were and forever will be the jewels in her crown!
She started working at a very early age in Oklahoma. She worked at a glove factory and then became a cocktail waitress at The Spot and could she wear a CATSUIT. Then she moved on to the same at the Holiday Inn in Paris, TX.
She moved to Dallas and began a long career in waitressing. She owned and ran The Page Boys Drive-In and no other car hop could compete. She sold the Drive-In and started at Denny's and JoJo's and the lines would sometimes be out the door waiting on Betty to serve them. She was the best waitress and did it with flair and loved her job.
She loves to laugh, sing, dance, read her bible, talk about Jesus and anything or anyone she felt like. She loved the gospel and blues music. She was a groupie for a Stevie Ray Vaughn cover band named Texas Flood. We would get her to one of their concerns as often as she felt like going. Just 8 weeks ago she was on the front row of a concert gettin' with it. It was never too loud for her! They loved her so much. They sang songs to her and would call her out by name Betty Darlin' and of course she felt like a star. After the last concert she attended they all jumped down from the stage for hugs and gave her a signed drum stick and Tommy gave her his pick. She had a school girl crush on him. When they found out Betty had passed, their response was that "She was already an angel before she became one"!
She also enjoyed fast cars and driving fast right on into her 80's. She was pulled over on the main street in Hugo going about 70 in a 35 on her way to Dairy Queen. Thank goodness the cop was a neighbor. When he asked "Mrs. Woods, why are you going so fast?" she told him she wanted a dip cone. He let her go after a promise to slow down. Her response "Well every body else needs to speed up"!
To all of those that she loves and there are many. She was a hand holder, loving, funny, generous, kind, patient and always your #1 cheerleader. She would fight for you and when she got pushed down she never stayed down. She was always so quick to forgive!
Life never made her bitter, though it could have. Her legacy of love is "Tomorrow will be a better day".
She heard a quote once from Billy Graham that she wanted remembered:
"If anyone ever walks up to you and tells you I've died, don't you believe them, for I am more alive than I've ever been!"