Bettie Mae DeBey was born on the DeBey Homestead on Bow Creek in Phillips Co., Ks on March 30, 1929 to Thomas & Lola Lorraine (Lowrey) DeBey. She slipped into heaven on March 22, 2016 at the Rooks Co. Health Center after 2 months of hospitalizations. Bettie was born & raised on the family farm where her parents instilled the love of the land, animals, and community. Her farm home was graced with an older brother Edward, younger sister Eleanor (Ellie), & little brother Tony.
Bettie attended the Saylor School for her education and moved to Salina for Cosmetology School. There she met a young man from Texas serving in the United States Army Air Corp. Alvy P. Bobbitt, Sr. & Bettie were married September 9, 1947 in Salina, Ks. When they were stationed back in Texas their first daughter Sherry was born. After Alvy’s discharge from the USAF in 1949 & working in Texas, the family moved back to Kansas in 1951 where they settled in Stockton to raise their family. Daughters were added in 1952, 1956, & 1958 and sons came in 1954 & 1960.
Bettie learned from the best Mom to cook, bake, care for her family, sew, milk cows & work your butt off! When Al started his own business Bettie took care of the family while working in the business. Though there were many years of health problems she kept up the pace. She joined her artist group of friends in Palette Pals & loved every minute. She took on many crafts & loved to create. She quilted with the United Methodist Women Quilters and with the Delmar Hall Women where her mother was a member out on Bow Creek, as well as making family members numerous quilts. She loved being able to create. She shared her love of painting by teaching 4-Hers along with her friend Marjory Conn, & she loved volunteering at the Stockton Grade School with the students. She also loved sharing her services with her United Methodist Church. After devoting many years to raising 6 children she began to enjoy traveling with family, friends, & groups. Some of her granddaughters were blessed to accompany Grandma on some very special trips. Her family & friends received the fruits from all of her labors and they also learned from the best.
Bettie fought a valiant fight against cancer & won with the strength of prayer & medical expertise. Each health problem she took on with the spirit to overcome, but after the death of Alvy, Sr. & her daughter Debbie she lost some of that resolve and the battles became too big, no matter who was fighting with her. She had so many waiting to greet her as she entered the Kingdom of Heaven she forgot to say good bye to us here.
Bettie was preceded in death by her parents Tom & Lola DeBey, siblings: Edward DeBey, Eleanor Hubbard, & Tony DeBey, her husband Alvy P. Bobbitt, Sr. on August 27, 2015 & her daughter Debra Carolyn Elliott Sidey on August 29, 2015.
She is survived by her children: Sherylene Sue Gager (Jack) of Kirwin, Alvy P. Bobbitt, Jr. (Terry) of KC, Ks., Esper Lorraine Baxter (Garry) of Cedar, Christine Lynn Polzin (Bill) of Hoisington, & Randal Lee Bobbitt (Angie) of Broken Arrow, Ok. Sister-in-laws: Marilee DeBey of Phillipsburg, Margaret DeBey of Olatha, Sue Bobbitt of Pineland, Tx., & Mary Joy Bobbitt of Nacogdoches, Tx., 14 Grandchildren: Rachael Boyle, Toni Culbertson (Kent), Wesley Elliott (Jennifer), Clint Elliott, Lisa Konzem (Ryan), Jodi Johnson (Adam), Tammy Channell (Jason), Ryan Baxter, Kurt Baxter, Jerron Baxter, Robyn Dodge (Charlie), Clayton Van Brimmer, Matthew Bobbitt (Jennifer), & Macey Holden, and 28 Great-Grandchildren!
Funeral Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Stockton, Ks on Monday March 28 at 10:30 with burial following in the Stockton Cemetery. Visitation will be Easter Sunday March 27 at the Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home in Stockton from 1 to 8 pm. Family will be present from 5 to 6 pm. Memorials may go to the United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home 723 N. First, Stockton, Kansas 67669. Condolences may be left for the family at www.plumer-overlease.com.
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