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Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Bettye Jane (Potter) Waldrip

Bettye Jane (Potter) Waldrip
June 2, 1928 ~ September 6, 2020 (age 92)

Bettye Jane (Potter) Waldrip of Norman, Oklahoma passed away at the age of 92, on September 6, 2020.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard Waldrip of Norman, Oklahoma; three brothers: Jack Potter of Marshall, TX; Bobby Joe Potter of Marshall,TX; Wendell Potter of Tyler, Texas; her parents, W.D. “Alex” Potter and Addie (Carr) Potter of Tyler, Texas.

She is survived by her brother Bill Potter of Menard, Texas; her sister-in-law Bobbie Ferguson of Grapevine, Texas; her children: Julie Ewing of Norman, Oklahoma; Steve Waldrip and wife, Christine Price of Aptos, California. She is also survived by six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren: Rudi Price-Waldrip and husband, Shane Yonston (daughter: Sage); Jenny Price (daughter: Ruby) and husband, Tom Naimoli; April Ewing McBride and husband, Donnie McBride (children: Christy, William, Joshua, Julianna, and John David); Darcey Ewing Segers and husband, Clay Segers (children: Mycah Jane and Shelby); Jonathan Ewing and wife, Lesli Green Ewing (children: Luke, Graham, and Blair); Kevin Ewing; and seven nieces and nephews.

Bettye Potter was born on June 2, 1928 in Marshall, Texas. Her family moved to Tyler in 1934. After graduating from John Tyler High School in 1945, she enrolled in Abilene Christian University. She was chosen “sophomore favorite” and met Howard Waldrip, who had just arrived after serving in the Army Air Corps. They were married on April 3, 1947 and soon moved to Tyler where Howard pursued his career as an interior decorator for 51 years. Together they were charter members of the newly formed Glenwood Church of Christ, which had its first service in 1951.

Bettye was a stay-at-home mom until her two children began pre-school. In 1954 she began work as a secretary for the Glenwood Church of Christ, a position she held for 44 years until 1998. After retirement she wrote the comprehensive history of the Glenwood church, entitled “Forward in Faith for Fifty Years.” Tommy King, one of many ministers she worked with, remarked, “Bettye had given the church a voice from the greetings she extended to callers and to the publications she produced and sent all over the world. I cannot count the times that I have been told by people from far and wide, ‘you have the best church bulletin I read.’ That commitment to excellence reflects Bettye’s desire to give her best in her ministry. But her skills are not her greatest attribute; they are eclipsed by her love for God and for the church. Rarely have I met someone with the depth of love and sincere dedication to the Kingdom that Bettye possesses. She has been such an inspiration to me in teaching me that the church, in its strengths and in its weaknesses, is the Bride of Christ.” 

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