Betty Louise Carver Sharp went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sept. 3, 2022. She is finally at peace in her heavenly body and hugging all her loved ones that she has missed for so long. She was born on May 29, 1932, in Amarillo, TX to James Riley Carver and Sadie Esther Griggs. She was known to many as “Mom” and “Granny”.
While her mom preceded her in death when she was 12, she shared with her children many happy memories of vacationing and fishing with her Mom, Dad and brother, Jimmy. These memories created a love for the outdoors that she shared with her children. Other favorite childhood memories were family gatherings at her Grandmother Griggs’ house. She learned to sew from her aunts & grandmothers. She loved birds, gardening, the mountains, sewing, painting with watercolors and being a mom and Granny.
Betty had a strong faithful walk with God which she shared. She taught her family the gift of giving to others. In Midland, TX, she was very involved at St. Paul United Methodist Church with UMW (United Methodist Women), Sunday school and MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship). As she moved with employment and retirement, she was a faithful member of several churches and served on the Stephen Ministry team. She was PTA president, girl scout leader and a weekend parent at High Sky Girls Ranch. Our home was an open door for youth, especially guitar-playing-singing youth, college kids and even a foreign exchange student from Japan. It was common for her to become a surrogate mom to anyone.
Betty was a bright person who loved to read. She used her skills as a bookkeeper to further her career in accounting with several oil companies. She was involved in Desk & Derrick. She was initiated into P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization for women, in 1976. She is a Charter member of Chapter JF in Waxahachie, TX.
She was known to her grandkids as Granny. She adored her grandchildren and was most happy spending time with her grandkids and great grandkids. She visited them all over the USA. She attended many games, birthday parties, concerts, kindergarten, high school and college graduations, weddings, and births. She carried photos of her grandkids everywhere. In recent years, you would always get a smile from her when showing her photos of her newest great grandkids.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; father, James Riley Carver; mother, Sadie Esther Griggs. She is survived by; brother, James Albert Carver and wife Gloria from Amarillo, TX; daughters Christie Berger and husband Gillett from Waxahachie, TX, Cindy Jurgensen and husband Michael from Collierville, TN and Caren Redkey and husband Chris from Parker, CO; grandchildren Elizabeth Berger Ball and husband Kevin from San Antonio, TX, Ben Berger from Waxahachie, TX, Meredith Berger Gonzalez and husband Vincent from Waxahachie, TX, Carrie Anne Jurgensen Sandoval and husband Chris from San Diego, CA, Cathleen Jurgensen Bowie and husband Andrew from Collierville, TN, Cassie Lee Jurgensen from San Diego, CA, Sarah Redkey from Denver, CO, Michael Redkey and wife Heddi from Aurora, CO; and her beloved great grandchildren Nellie Ball, Lily & Beckett Gonzalez, Mary Carver & Turner Bowie and Emerson Redkey .
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
MONDAY, SEPT. 26
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WAXAHACHIE
505 W. MARVIN AVE.
Rev.Val Stewart will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the following: P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund donations.peointernational.org/peo-donation-elf, calfarley.org or fumcwaxachie.org (Community Care Group)