Celebrating the life of Betty J. Lehr
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Betty was born July 2, 1939, in Princeton, Missouri to the parents of C.E. and Lois Hammond. Betty grew up on the family farm in near Princeton where her father raised cattle. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1957 and attended Northeast Missouri State Teacherâ€™s College in Kirksville where she graduated with a bachelorâ€™s degree in Education in the spring of 1959. She is a lifetime member of the Delta Sigma chapter of Delta Zeta.
Betty married Robert â€œBobâ€ McGee Lehr on February 7, 1959, in Kirksville, Missouri and to this marriage four children were born, Jay, Jana, Dena and Tara. Betty supported Bob in his Air Force career along with raising their four children until they arrived at their final base in Altus, Oklahoma.
Betty worked for Altus Public Schools for 29 years retiring in 2007. The first 14 years were spent as a physical education teacher at Altus Junior High, Eugene Field, Wilson and Washington Elementary School. In May 1984 she earned her masterâ€™s degree in Counseling from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She spent the remaining of her career as a counselor at Altus Junior High, Altus Alternative School with the last three being at Altus High School. She also served as the co-director of the Altus Night Alternative Schools for 10 Â½ years and worked for the Altus Adult Education program as the Testing Administrator for six years. Betty was a proud member of the Altus Education Association and Oklahoma Education Association where she served on the legislative committee for five years, the Constitution Committee for three years and NE-AEA representative to the National Convention for 2 years.
Betty was a member of the First Baptist Church in Altus where she was a faithful prayer warrior for the Prayer Ministry, Awana leader and 5th grade Sunday School teacher for many years. Betty loved telling everyone about the Lord, loved teaching, loved her family and often referred to her grandchildren as the joy of her life. Her motto was â€œit only takes a spark to get a fire goingâ€ and she hoped she has been a spark to many by the way she lived her life.
Betty was proceeded in death by her husband, parents and two siblings, Jim Hammond and Barbara Stolte. She is survived by son Jay Lehr and wife Nancy of Lawton, Oklahoma, daughter Jana Haynie of Texarkana, Texas, daughter Dena Daniel and husband Curtis of Altus, Oklahoma, daughter Tara Hurley and husband Rob of Lebanon, Illinois, grandchildren Cody Haynie, Brittany (Doug) Baluh, Shelby Daniel, Caitlin Haynie, Kelsey Lehr, Haley (Heath) Jackson, Cole Lehr, Jason Hurley and Blake Hurley, and great-grandchildren Lane Jackson, Brexley Suniga, Eleanor Baluh and Parker Jackson.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimerâ€™s Association.
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