Betty Sue Moxley Carruth, born March 30, 1935, Ropesville, Texas. She attended school at Denver City, Texas. She was born to Rayburn Payne Moxley and Flo Helen Forbus Moxley. She passed from this world on October 10, 2019, only to awaken pain free.
She married Ira Lee Carruth on September 27, 1951. During their marriage, they made their home in Midland, Texas, Andrews, Texas, Munday, Texas and retired in Maysville, Oklahoma. They raised their four daughters together in a Christian home.
Betty was a homemaker. She was a self taught artist. Her artistic ability was clearly captured in the petals of her roses. She excelled in the art of china painting and loved to attend art shows and exhibit her hand- painted pieces. Having four girls she became quite the seamstress and made many, many beautiful dresses over the years.
She and her husband loved to camp, fish on their pontoon boat, and their yearly trip to Zapata, Texas, for over 30 years. She has made many friends over the years.
Betty always said, “you can’t have memories unless you make them.” She was well known for making memories, many tea parties, picnics, pontoon rides, water balloon fights and lake beach parties. Betty was notorious for singing silly songs and playing games with her grandchildren.
She sometimes tricked them into doing chores by washing clothes in a wash tub and have them stomp the laundry, washing potatoes or “turtles”, and dusting furniture, with her crafty little games. Christmas wasn’t just about Santa and presents. She made sure her family knew the true meaning of Christmas by having a manger scene with baby Jesus in the backyard by candlelight, reading scriptures about the birth of Jesus and singing Christmas carols. She always wanted to prolong opening gifts by wanting to hear her family say what they were thankful for. Mama’s memory makings are her family’s treasure.
Betty always mentioned and cherished the special and tender love and affection she received from her Grandma Anice Moxley. One of her shared memories was of her grandma singing O’ Come Angel Band. Grandma Moxley was the person responsible for introducing her to Christianity.
Above all else, Betty’s greatest desire for her family is Salvation and to walk with the Lord.
We would all be in trouble with her if we fail to mention it here at this celebration of her beautiful life. A handwritten note penned in her handwriting says, “As long as we are sinful people living in a sinful world we will have doubt. But Jesus promised, I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.”
She also wrote, “Salvation, the infilling of the Holy Spirit fellowship with God. The joy in our daily lives is based on it. We cannot do anything. Without Grace we would be miserable and helpless, Grace is power, it is the undeserved favor from God. Grace is the power of the Holy Spirit to come into our lives.”
As she rests in God’s care, the memories of her special love will live on. She taught her children and grandchildren to love Jesus, love life, love laughter, love each other and never give up on each other.
She truly loved her sons-in-law and may have picked on them a time or two.
Her smile and sense of humor will remain in the hearts of those who know and love her. Let her warmth and energy full of love and happiness inspire us to celebrate a life well lived. Those who know her know that she will spend eternity with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
She always said life’s greatest blessing has been her children and their families.
She is survived by her four daughters, Diana Graham and husband, Eldon Graham; Julie Casey; Beth Arnold and her husband, Paul Arnold; Teri Carruth; and Betty’s honorary daughter, Kim Kraft. Betty is also survived by her grandchildren, Christi Carruth, Tommy Casey, Paula Halbedel and her husband, Mike Halbedel; Mike Casey, Shane Wyatt, Danny Ward and Naomi Stamm, Jessie Arnold and his wife, Jenni Arnold, and Garrett Fleetwood. Betty was blessed with 16 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and many other beloveds that call her Granny.
Betty is also survived by her brother Bob Moxley of Kerrville, Texas. She loved and is loved by many nieces and nephews that call her “Aint Betty.”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Lee Carruth, her son-in-law, Rudy Casey, her sisters, Mary Helen Johnson and Patsy Redd, her brother James Moxley, and her parents.
Funeral services were officiated by Bro. Mike Deviney on the 13th day of October, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church, Maysville, Okla. Burial followed under the direction of John W. Williams of Winans Funeral Home, Maysville, Okla. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.winansfuneralhome.com