BETTY ANN AULD
A Life Devoted to Service
Betty Ann (Branch) Auld was born in Empire City, Oklahoma on November 22, 1925 to John W. Branch and Clytus (Brown) Branch. She was eventually entered on the Choctaw tribe rolls in August of 2013.
She joined Jesus and many of her family members in heaven on October 6, 2016. The memorial service to celebrate Betty's temporal and eternal life will be Monday, October 10, 2016 at 1 PM at the First Baptist Church, 315 Colorado, Chickasha, Oklahoma. There will be a visitation at Sevier's Funeral Home, Sunday, October 9th from 5 - 7 PM.
Betty was joined in Holy Matrimony to Thurman Thomas Auld on February 2, 1946 in Pampa, Texas. They had four beloved daughters as a result of the union: Sharon Leigh, Deborah Jan, Elizabeth Ann and Kimberly Jo.
In preparation for service to the community, Betty received a bachelor's degree in education from Oklahoma Southwestern University and a master's degree from Oklahoma East Central University. She began her teaching career teaching sixth grade in Attica, Kansas. She taught mathematics to Chickasha eighth graders for many years. During those years she served as President of Chickasha United Teachers Association (CUTA), leading a group of teachers to the Oklahoma legislature to urge support for our teachers and all educators of our students. Since retiring as a teacher, she has continued in service to education serving as President of Grady County Retired Educators and President of Kappa Kappa Iota (Delta chapter), a National Teacher Organization.
In addition, she taught classes in watercolor to the children attending the First Baptist School of the Arts. Extending to young minds the love of art and the Word of God. Painting in oils, acrylics, and watercolor has been a fun adventure in her life, especially since some of her paintings have been used as the covers of books written by a local author, illustrations for a church cookbook and decoration for loved ones' homes.
One of her life treasures has been service to Oklahoma Home Community and Education (OHCE). The state organization honored Betty Auld upon adopting her design and written meaning for the state emblem which follows:
The emblem is a circle suggesting the continuity of life in our state, our homes, and our community education. The single candle symbolizes the unity of goals and purposes of our organization. The candle emphasizes the saying "it is better to light just one little candle" and through unity light the world. The edge of the seal has 77 bites of light between the cogs representing all the counties of Oklahoma. This all forms a work wheel that our members have put their shoulders against and thus turns our world into a better society. Standing behind the candle is our great state of Oklahoma.
She served as President of Grady County OHCE and also President of her local group Rural Neighbors. She would laugh and say if you want to be President of an organization, miss a business meeting. She has served on many committees. She felt deeply honored to have been in service with the OHCE Grady County group because of the dedication of their lives to the service to the community. The programs to honor the military, the Veteran Hospitals, fair exhibits, judging, preparing meals, running concession areas and many other areas of the county fair has given Betty great joy to be a participant. There are so many areas of service for the members of the organization such as support to the county schools, honoring teachers, and aiding in many areas of need such as the elderly. She received much fulfillment with the organization in extending smiles, encouragement, fruit baskets and in collecting monies for building water wells in the areas of the world where there is a great need for water. It delighted her to know that the ladies with whom she has shared many hours actually live up to their emblem with a shoulder to the wheel and adding light to our world. They are always ready to extend a hand of welcome to any who wish to come along side them in service.
A heart-felt service has been to her home; as wife and mother to the four daughters who are in active service to their respective churches and communities. Of utmost importance, she has served her Lord and the church teaching children and others for many years it has been a joy to have taught her adult ladies class. She served on multiple committees at the First Baptist Church, Chickasha, Oklahoma. She was also an active servant to the Great Plains Emmaus Community for several years. She brought joy and laughter to all with her sense of humor in all circumstance.
She discovered long ago, it is difficult to serve others without wisdom and guidance from the One who makes it all; therefore she wrote letters to God seeking His direction and subsequently received His shared wisdom from His Holy Book. Joy comes from service in the Lord's manner. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Betty was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Thurman; her parents; one sister, Cleo (Branch) Wood; by her mother and father-in-law and sixteen dear brothers- and sisters-in-law.
She is survived by her four daughters; Sharon and husband Henry Tinder of Barboursville, Virginia, Deborah (Deb) Porras of the home, Elizabeth (Liz) and husband Bud Lowe of Chickasha, Kimberly (Kim) and husband Bill Sizemore of Pine, Colorado; ten grandchildren, Leisa (Tinder) and Peter Payette, Jeni (Tinder) and William Spenser, all of Barboursville, Virginia, Rick and Courtney Porras of Yukon, Oklahoma, Tomy Porras of Lynchburg, Virginia, Trey and Brooke Lowe of Edmond, Oklahoma, Tyler and Gina Lowe of Chickasha, Tiffany (Lowe) and Scott Dixon of Norman, Oklahoma, Jordan (Sizemore) and Kevin McHugh of Wichita, Kansas, Joshua Sizemore of Kansas City, Missouri and Jacob Sizemore of Pine, Colorado; and sixteen great grandchildren, Joseph, Hannah, and Lucian Payette, Chloe Spencer, Bentley and Brielle Porras, Haylee, Austin and Boston Porras, Erin, Kelsey and Brayden Lowe, Elliot and John Robert Lowe, Gus and Marybelle Dixon, two brothers, John Branch and Charles Branch and two loved sisters-in-law, Nelda Auld and Christine Auld, plus many very special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She will await the return of her Lord Jesus Christ alongside her loving husband at Fairlawn Cemetery, Chickasha, Oklahoma. Burial and funeral services will be conducted by Sevier Funeral Home.
Published on October 7, 2016