Betty Lou Boone was the last of four children born to Sunset Boone. She and Frank were the youngest and their mother was known to us as Mama Boone. Evelyn was the oldest and next was my mom Jimmie Amelia (their mom’s both died shortly after they were born). They all grew up in and around Munday Texas. Here is an article about Sunset Boone from 1952 (the year I was born) when he revisited his hometown and the city he was named after, Sunset Texas, at age 69.
The article says he was born February 8, 1883. It also talks about him being in the dry goods business through the years. I know a few stories from their childhood that mom told me growing up, but really just enough to know that life was difficult for them. They lived through the depression era and WW2 and it affected them all differently but dramatically. They all survived and married and had families.
All the cousins have stayed in touch, but the best memories I have are sharing secrets with Melinda at their home in Lubbock or at the lake house for the 4th of July and fireworks.
When Betty’s husband KK was alive, he was the life of the party always telling stories and entertaining the crowd. He was a clock-maker & repairer and was very talented.
My first summer job growing up was with Frank and Betty at C F Boone Publications. They did military directories and in later years event booklets like for the Elvis Memorial, and major hurricanes and tornados. Betty always loved work! Frank was a marketing genius and Betty could make it happen and their publications did very well through the years. She and KK had one son, who we all adored, Kim. He was talented musically and gymnastically. He married and had one son, but he had difficulty with substance abuse and died way too early for us! However, I should mention that he knew the Lord and I am confident in the Lord’s sovereignty on these matters.
Betty was a great cook (as were several members of my family) and a couple of our family favorites are credited to her in Recipe Treasures here (available in larger format to read/download). We always ate well at family gatherings!
In December of 1993, my Mom and Dad celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. My sister, Paula, and I threw a grand reception and dinner party for them and nearly all the family was there. I must say a really good time was had by all! These are the best photos that I have of Betty from that event. I would note that Betty was like a second mom to my cousins after they lost both of their parents through the years.
Later in life my Mom suffered from a series of increasingly debilitating strokes and ultimately was bedridden. During that time, I was her primary care coordinator and was literally on call 24×7 with very few breaks, but somehow Betty managed to come to Garland where Mom and I lived at the time and give me a much needed break. I don’t even recall now where I went, but I do so much remember her gift of time to help me out and give me a much needed vacation. As I recall she did this for me on a couple of different occasions during that time.
I am so grateful that we became close and shared about the Lord with one another. She had expressed to me concern that she didn’t know the Lord “like my Mom and Dad did” and she wanted to. I remember praying with her that she would know Him and be confident in her salvation on several occasions. Her confidence grew and she was of late very much ready to go home. I thank my heavenly Father for His provision for Ralph and Melinda to be able to have Betty with them over the last few months and be with her at her passing to her heavenly home. I would love to see the video of her greeting there as the ‘baby of the family.’
We will miss her dearly and yet we shall see her again in His time!
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.