Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Underwood went to be with her Lord and Savior July 4, 2017 in Perry, OK. She was 78.
She was born Elizabeth Ann Howell on August 15, 1938 to Huie and Edna Howell in Atlanta, KS. Her father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and they moved with his job while she was growing up. She attended school at Sumner Schools in Sumner, OK, and received her diploma in CA.
Betty married the love of her life, Thomas Lee Underwood March 24, 1956 at Sumner Baptist Church in Sumner, OK. She greatly enjoyed being a preacher’s wife and a mother. She was a nurse’s aide at Cushing Nursing Home for several years and caregiver to her mother, mother in law, brothers and her husband. Betty was a member of the Sumner Baptist Church, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Glencoe, and the Oklahoma Homemakers Club. She was a faithful wife, mother and friend. Betty enjoyed singing, wild bird feeding, and traveling with her nieces on their fabulous adventures. She also enjoyed making people laugh and spending time with her children and their families.
She is survived by her 3 children: Rachel Freeby of Perry OK, Thomas Underwood of Perkins, OK and Rebecca Wilson and her husband Monty of Welch, OK., along with 7 granddaughters; Erica Matthiesen and husband Pete of Perry, OK; Erin Freeby of Abinginton, PA; Cameron Lucio and husband Luis of Cushing, OK; Cindy Wilson of Owasso, OK; Lauren Cole and husband Timothy of Stillwater, OK; Cathy Wilson of Owasso, OK; and Meagen Stewart and husband Joe of Oklahoma City, OK. She has two nieces Jeanne Quick and husband Albert of Sumner and Alice Quick of Morrison and 18 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her father, mother, sister, brothers and her husband.
Betty will be greatly missed. She will be buried at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Sumner, OK. A memorial service will be held at Sumner Baptist Church at 10:00 AM on July 6, 2017. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, Perry OK. The family requests donations in her name to Sumner Baptist Church where Betty attended most of her life.
A special thanks to Green Valley Nursing Home, management and staff, Compassion Hospice of Oklahoma, Stillwater Medical Center, Perry Memorial Hospital, and Integris Baptist Medical Center.
Our friendship with Tom, Betty and family goes back nearly fifty years to Battle Mountain, Nevada. Over the years there have been many cards, letters, telephone calls and visits. A couple months ago I talked to Betty on the telephone. Same Betty, chatting about her family and asking about ours. She was a wonderful Christian lady who we will greatly miss.
Ellis and Nora OlsonNampa, ID
She was much loved and will be much missed.
Bill and Mary SaundersMorrison, OK
I've known Betty since about 1968, when I was three or four years old. My family attended the Baptist church in Battle Mountain, Nevada where Tom was the pastor. As a little girl, I remember Betty being a character that was over the top enthusiastic and energetic in everything she did--mostly in being a pastor's wife and a mother. In recent years, Betty carried on her enthusiastic approach to life by sending "thought for the day" emails. I was always delighted to find Betty's emails in my inbox, wherein she oftentimes cited a Bible verse, and usually explained her thoughts about the verse or what was happening in her world. In one of her "thought for the day" messages she concluded by writing "God has given us good memories. Remember God loves us and wants the best for us. Blessings, Betty". To Rachel, Tommy, Becky, and Betty's grandchildren and great grandchildren--I wish you amazing memories of your Mom, just as I will treasure the memories of the blessings she brought to me through her caring and thoughtful communications.
Kathryn OlsonSandy, UT
Our condolences and prayers for Betty's family.
Janice & Peter CooperTecumseh, OK
Betty will be missed greatly! I always enjoyed her smile, laughter, and hats. She was a loving person to all around her.
Betty DillonPerry, OK
BETTY WILL SURLLY BE MISSED AS WE MISS TOM OVER THE YEARS. HE IS MY FIRST COUSIN AND THERE AREN'T TO MANY OF THEM LEFT. OF COURSE I ONLY STARTED OUT WITH 7 TO START WITH AND NOW THREE HAVE GONE TO STAY WITH THE LORD .. HIS MOTHER SAID WHEN MY MOM AND HER BROTHER PASSED AWAY SHE FELT LIKE THE LAST LEAF ON THE TREE.
PHILLIP VANCE @ CARROLL JEAN CUNNINGHAMOKEECHOBEE, FL
WE WILL SURLLY MISS BETTY AS WE HAVE MISSED TOM ALSO OVER THE YEARS. WE ARE ALL GETTING TO THE AGE WHEN THERE ISN'T TO MANY OF US LEFT HERE ON EARTH ANY MORE AND ITS GETTING LESS AND LESS EVERY YEAR GOING BY
THINK I HAVE 4 COUSINS LEFT AS MOST OF THEM AND I DIDN'T HAVE TO MANY TO START WITH HAVE GONE ON TO LIVE WITH THE LORD. TOM AND I WERE FIRST COUSINS .
PHILLIP VANCE AND CARROLL JEAN CUNNINGHAMOKEECAHOBEE, FL
Betty will be missed by so many. Her husband Tom was John's cousin and
there are many stories about Tom at the farm in Lamoille. We met Betty a few times and corresponded by email and FB and she would send us family pictures of Underwoods and DeLongs together. Heaven received another Angel.
Carolyn and John DeLongMarkesan, WI
Karen NoxonTooele, UT
Betty and I were cousins by marriage; her husband, Tom, was the son of my father's sister. Although we had not met, we have corresponded by mail and lately by email for the past 20 years. I will miss her cheerful messages throughout the year and I know that her family will miss her loving-kindness. My husband, Edward, and I send our deepest sympathies.
Danna Vance RauppNorth Hampton, NH