Betty D. Burke went to be with her Lord and savior Jesus Christ on April 13, 2023 at the very young of 89.
Celebration of Life Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 22, 2023 at the Westville City Cemetery under the direction of the Roberts & Hart Funeral Home.
Born in Watts OK, on 9/22/33 to Truey A. Eads and Sadie Morris Eads, Betty was a proud Cherokee descendant.
Betty graduated from Westville High School, afterwards working at the local ice cream shop, and Fomak. Betty met her future spouse Ronald in Westville, after his service in WWII and the Korean War, they married. They purchased land and built their forever home in Owasso where they raised their two children, Rhonda Lee and Truey Leon. Betty worked at Collinsville Nursing Home, Owasso High School and retired from Walmart after 38 years. Asked once what her hobbies were and she replied “honest hard work.”
Well known for not holding back her opinions, she always told the truth, even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. Once on a flight to San Diego to visit her son, a fellow passenger pointed to the Hillary Clinton book Betty was reading and ask “why are you reading that book”, Betty replied, “because I paid for it”. Betty was an outspoken supporter for women’s rights and she enjoyed conversations about politics and religion.
Betty loved the Lord and was an integral long-time member of Meadowview Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and helped sow the seeds of Christianity. She could quote the Bible verbatim, and would sometimes correct the Pastor (much to his chagrin) during church service or Bible study.
She loved watching any Tom Selleck movie, hosting family reunions, fishing with her son, being a Bluebird leader for her daughter, enjoyed Mexican food, and eating breakfast at Eggbert’s with her lady friends. She could often be heard yelling at the TV during OU football season. Betty collected outdoor cats (or they collected her). Her love of travel led to a memorable Hawaiian vacation trip with her best friend Sharon, where to her delight large colorful parrot landed on her outstretched arm.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ronald K. Burke, beloved daughter Rhonda Lee Godsey, son-n-Law Russ Godsey, siblings: Helen Ruth Blagg, Gloria Mongold, Bonita Jackson, Joyce McDonald, Billy Wayne Eads and sister-in-law Wanda Eads Beattie. Betty is survived by her brother Vol Leroy Eads (Gail) of Arkansas, brother-in-law Clifford Mongold of Arkansas, son Truey Leon Burke of Owasso.
Granny Burke dearly loved and enjoyed her grandchildren: James R.K. Godsey, Brian M.D. Godsey, Adrian A. Evans-Burke and Arah A. Lordanich. She was a blessed great-grandmother to Brian M.D. Godsey Jr., Starr LeFay Cowan, Cole A. Lordanich, Mia R. Lordanich, Penelope C. Evans-Burke and Rose E. Evans-Burke. Betty was very proud of her nieces and nephews.
Tremendous heartfelt thanks to Hospice of Green County. These fine people took care of and loved Betty.
No buildings are named after her, no monuments are erected in her honor, BUT in her 89 years, Betty had the opportunity to know and love each and every family member and friend.
In lieu of flowers, you are invited to donate to the Pet Peace of Mind Services at Hospice of Green County Tulsa, or charity of your choice.