Betty Jane Albers Burgess, 94 year old Fort Supply resident, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in Mooreland. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Fort Supply United Methodist Church with Pastor Phil Davis officiating. Interment is at the Mt. Olive Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation at the Billings Funeral Home, Woodward, Oklahoma on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Betty was born December 10, 1922 in Tecumseh, Nebraska and moved to the May, Oklahoma community as a young child. She was the first of four children born to Adolph and Eula (Harvey) Albers. Betty grew up just west of May, Oklahoma attending school there and graduating in 1942. Betty was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart Albert W. Burgess on September 1, 1943 in Lebanon, Missouri while he was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri in the U. S. Army. After Albert was sent overseas, Betty moved to Oklahoma City to work at Tinker Air Force Base as a Rosie the Riveter in an airplane plant. Upon Alberts return from overseas in 1946, they bought land from the Calhoun family and began farming seven miles southwest of Fort Supply. Betty was a member of the Mt. Olive Church. She worked on the farm and as a telephone operator in Woodward and later at Western State Hospital and the Woodward Sale Barn. In 1959 they moved the family ¼ mile northwest of Fort Supply where they expanded their farming and ranching operation. Betty always provided meals in the summer time for the combine crews and tended to other farming chores by raising chickens, milking cows, and tending to a vegetable garden. Betty joined the Fort Supply Methodist Church in 1959 and served as the church treasurer for over 25 years. She remained active in the church until January when she moved to the Mooreland Heritage Nursing Home in Mooreland, Oklahoma.
Betty was nominated for the Pioneer Woman of the Year in 2016. She was active in the Fort Supply United Methodist Church, school activities, and supported the Fort Supply community. Betty loved to paint and took art classes and became an accomplished artist at least to her family. She also loved to quilt and sew as evident by the many quilts and other articles she made. Her greatest joy was her kids, grandchildren, great grandchildren and riding through the country with Albert. She loved watching the grandkids play sports and attended their events when she could. She loved to travel and she and Albert took several trips always stopping to visit family members. After Alberts death in 2009, Bettys health declined; however, she was able to remain in her home until January 2017 because of her devoted caregivers June Griffith, Mona Ford, Christy Schmeling and Donna Lewis.
Betty is survived by her daughter Bonnita Gaddis and husband Evan of Austin, Texas; three sons, Kenton Burgess and wife Toni of Shattuck, Oklahoma; Keith Burgess and wife Freida of Farnsworth, Texas; Kirk Burgess and wife Anne of Wakita, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren, Brent Gaddis and wife Lenore of San Diego, California; Renee Wentz and husband Dave of Park City, Utah; LaDena Eads and husband Kevin of Springdale, Arkansas; Claudia Wright and husband Heston of Weatherford, Oklahoma; Dallas Burgess and wife Shawnna of Mooreland, Oklahoma; Travis Burgess and wife Melissa of Turpin, Oklahoma; Austin Burgess and wife Julia of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Tyler Burgess and wife Natile of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; step-grandson Robert Parker and wife TeeKay of Laverne, Oklahoma; 20 great-grandchildren, Evan and Lauren Gaddis, Andrew and Sydney Wentz, Chad and Hunter Eads, Abigail and Ruby Wright, Dallas Mayhew and her father Steve, Tristyn and Dawsyn Burgess, Maddison, Kylie and Lane Burgess, Preston Burgess and step-great grandchildren Dylan, Emiley, Chloe and Finley Parker and Haylee Causey and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.
Betty is preceded in death by Albert in 2009; granddaughter Nicole Burgess Mayhew in 2015; and her two brothers, one sister and parents.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Supply United Methodist Church, Mt. Olive Cemetery, or Fort Supply Fire Department with Billings Funeral Home, 1621 Downs Avenue, Woodward, OK 73801 accepting the contributions.
Remembrances may be shared on-line at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on September 14, 2017