The Herald Democrat
February 10, 2010
DENISON - Bettie Laverne Bishop, 85, of Denison, formerly
of Austin, passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 at Texoma Medical Center.
Mrs. Bishop was born March 10, 1924 in Dalhart, the daughter of
Charles Edward and Ruby Lee (Smith) Goodnight. Bettie graduated from Denison
High School and joined the WAVES in 1942. She served two years during World
War II where she was stationed in Washington, D.C. as a lab technician.
Upon her return from the service, she was employed at Kraft Foods in Denison.
On April 12, 1945 she married Billy Ross Bishop in Denison and shared her
life with him until his death in 2004.
Bettie was an avid golfer and gardener. She loved to paint where
her works are exhibited in the homes of all her family. She was actively
involved in volunteer work with the Community Senior Citizens Program at
Cedar Park. Most importantly, she was a wonderful mother and grandmother
and will deeply missed by her family.
Mrs. Bishop is survived by her daughters, Bettie Mathis and husband,
Bill of Texas City, and Lee Ann Gilliam and husband Ricky of Denison; and
two grandsons, Trey Mathis of Austin, and Arron Taylor of Benbrook. Bettie
was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and beloved sons, William
Ross Bishop and John Adam Bishop.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010
at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Chapel on the Hill. There is no set time
for family visitation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Fisher Funeral Home in Denison.