Betty Jane Rogers was born June 20, 1932 to David Ellis Rogers and Pearl Wilson Rogers in Village, Arkansas. Her mother died when Betty was eight years old and her younger sister Martha Jean was three. Her father never remarried, so Betty and her dad raised Martha. While in high school, Betty met Bob Williamson and he gave her the nickname Shorty. They were married in Village, AR on September 5, 1950. In 1952, while Bob was serving in the Korean War, she attended business college and worked in Magnolia, AR. After the war, in December 1955, Betty gave birth to their first child, a beautiful baby girl they named Angela. In 1957, Bob took a job with Magcobar, which took their family to Jacksboro, TX. Bob was later transferred to Wichita Falls, TX, where Betty gave birth to their son Roger in November 1959. In 1973, their family moved to Oklahoma City, OK, where Angela and Roger would graduate from Yukon High School. Betty and Bob moved to Midland with Magcobar in 1978. Betty was the world’s best cook. She enjoyed cooking for her family, making sweet potato pies, pecan pies, potato salad, chicken fried steak, peach ice cream, and cornbread. Betty was a loving wife, a faithful member of Memorial Christian Church, and a wonderful mother and grandmother. She enjoyed being Granna to Crystal, James, Jenna and Alex. Betty was always close to her sister Martha, who died on March 6, 2016.
Betty is survived by husband Bob, daughter and son-in-law Angela & John Wolfkill, and son and daughter-in-law Roger & Linda Williamson. She is also survived by granddaughter Crystal Hancock and husband Nathan, grandson James Wolfkill, granddaughter Jenna Bredehoeft and husband Phil, and grandson Alex Williamson. Betty was a proud great-grandmother to five great-grandchildren: Brooklyn, Colin, Ruby, Marie, and Reagan.
We will always carry her memory in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Scottish Rite for Children, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.
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