Betty Jean Stogner, age 77 of Orange, passed away in Beaumont, at Baptist Hospital after a lengthy illness Friday, March 11, with her loving family by her side. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, March 22, at Dorman Funeral Home.
Betty was born in Bogue Chitta, Ms., June 14, 1938 to the late Woodrow Bardwell and Eunice Johnson Bardwell. She worked many years for the Orange Casket Company as a seamstress. Betty was a brilliant, caring, and giving person, who loved life and oh how she loved to “Fish”! She lived on Toledo for years and fished when they could, and wasn’t a stranger to “Blue Birds” and other local spots in Orange. Betty also loved to crochet and her friends and family are still enjoying the beautiful afghans she made for them every cool snap.
One of her daily passions was music. Her radio in the kitchen was always on, mostly playing country now-a-days, but she still loved the greats like Elvis and Patsy Cline. Betty was truly one of a kind when she would “jitter bug”.
She grew up with her sister picking cotton and having fun. The two stayed very close and never missed a day of visiting with each other and there is and will always be a special bond with her sister, Hulean.
Betty was a remarkable woman in every way, she gave all she had, even though it was sometimes only a hug if someone she knew was in need. She also loved gardening and had a green thumb. It was truly amazing to see how anything she touched would grow and grow and make the most beautiful blooms.
Betty loved her family and was a precious mother, grandmother (Granny) and great grandmother. Her granddaughter, Fara held a portion of her heart and she would smile at just the mention of her name. However, Cash, her great grandson was a different story. Her love for him was consuming and had the biggest part of heart. She has her wings now and will watch over those two with pride and joy daily.
Betty was so remarkable to her family and friends and the sharing of her love could go on and on, but her family is finding comfort knowing there is no more pain, injections, pills and tests to be ran. She is flying high in the heavens with her new wings and will forever be with us and watching over us and for that we say, “In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!!”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Walter Dale Stogner and her parents.
Survivors include her daughter Delena Kay Kibbe-Clark and her husband Robert Clark of Jasper and her son Timothy Cleveland Dixson of Mauriceville; her partner, caregiver and companion, JD Dixson; granddaughter, Fara Kibbe Gatewood and her husband Douglas Adam Gatewood and great grandson, Douglas Cash Gatewood all of Frisco; sister, Hulean Finkbeiner of Orange; nephew Bo Finkbeiner of Orange and nieces, Debbie Lewis and her husband Bill of Kilgore, Pam Bihm and her husband Carl of Orange and Jerra Guidry and her husband Kurt of Mauriceville, as well as many great nieces and nephews and a dear and precious friend, Johnnie Mae Slone.
In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.