Betty Sue Smith
Born on a farm north of Claremore on July 1, 1926 to Cleo and William Monroe. She attended Claremore schools and graduated in 1945. In school she ran track and played guard on the girls basketball team. She could outrun most boys in her class. On the farm she spent a lot of time hunting with her uncle Fred or doing chores. She had a horse and was always in all parades and did opening nights at rodeos.
She married George Lawrence in 1947 and from that union had two girls, Sandra McGrew and Karen Hendricks both residing in Claremore. She worked at Rexall Drug for 4 years and later worked at J. Penneys for 34.5 years before retiring.
In 1967 she met Russell Smith and they married in 1969. They were married for 15 years til his death. They loved doing everything together, going to ballgames, going on cruises, fishing or just about any kind of weekend outing.
Betty was known for her cooking and believed that one way to show love was to cook for you, and cook she did.
She loved to do yard work and had all kinds of flowers and trees. Feeding birds started out as a pastime which turned into a full time job. Everything came to her backyard to eat. She loved going to football and girls basketball games with her good friend Jean Haas and Jean's late husband Charles.
Betty was preceded in death by her first husband George Lawrence and her second husband Russell Smith, her parents Cleo and William Monroe, sister Dorothy Marsh and niece Sherry Sumter.
Surviving relatives are daughters Sandra McGrew and Karen Hendricks (Cheryl Judkins) of Claremore, nephew Dwayne Sumter (Mark), grand children, Troy Moore (Michelle), Jason McGrew (Keely) both form Texas and 5 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank everybody who has helped the family through this hard time. Special thanks to Cheryl Judkins, Judy Templeton, Norma West, Phyllis Moss, Linda Womack, Mary Fry, Donna Acox, Jean Haas and a really special thanks to Sharon Egleston for bringing her dog Sage to visit mommy.
Thank you Compassus Hospice for the care you gave our mother during her illness.
The family of Betty Smith
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