Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Wendler, age 85, of Miami, Okla. died on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012.
Betty was born on March 24, 1926 in Hockerville, Okla. to Nellie and Clarence Rawlings. Her early years were spent in Hockerville and Guymon, Okla. During the dustbowl era, the family moved to Missouri. Betty enjoyed many good times with a close-knit family of brothers and sisters and beloved mother and father growing up in Missouri. She loved to tell stories of living and playing near the James River in Missouri.
Betty and Clyde Wendler were married on Jan. 23, 1948 in Monett, Mo. They lived and raised their family in Monett for the next 62 years. During their many years of married life they worked hard together to provide a good home for their family and also enjoyed travel, including many destinations in the United States and two trips to Europe. In 2010 they moved to Miami, Okla. to be closer to family.
Betty devoted most of her adult life to making a pleasant home and raising a family, but always made time to enrich her mind with Bible study, crossword puzzles and reading. She was a faithful servant of God and a member of the Monett congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. She will be remembered by her children for the wonderful meals she prepared, for her quick mind and her inspiration to us to become avid readers.
Survivors include husband of 64 years, Clyde Wendler; son: Curtis Wendler, of Houston, Texas; daughter: Gale Lee of Miami, Okla.; and seven beloved grandchildren: Jennifer Hentkowski, Jessica Smith, Travis Malone, Phaedra Taylor, Clayton Wendler, Erin Wendler and Cassie Lee; nine great-grandchildren; sisters: Kathryn Fowler, Violet Bastura, Francis Smith; and brothers: Bob Rawlings and Clarence Rawlings.
Betty was preceded in death by her daughter, Ann George; and three brothers: Gene Brown, Tom Rawlings and Frank Rawlings; and two sisters: Lenora May Coates and June Coatney.
Services will be held at the Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home in Monett, on Thursday, Feb. 23. at 11 a.m.