Betty Jean Huffman
Betty Jean Huffman, 80, succumbed to cancer, April 27, after a long and valiant struggle, surrounded by loving family and lifelong friends. Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Dr. Robert Webb of Trinity Baptist Church in Orange. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery.Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. until time of service.
Betty was born to Gussie Lee and Morris Ramsey on March 13, 1933 in Bosier City, La. She moved with her parents in 1942 to Orange, where she later met her country boy, high school sweetheart and soul-mate Jack Huffman and was a devoted, loving wife for 62 years.
Betty was well educated and a teacher at heart. She graduated from Lutcher Stark High School in 1950, where she performed with the Bengal Guards. She attended Lamar University, The University of Northern Colorado and graduated from North Texas University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology. She taught swimming, china painting and genealogy before becoming a Speech Therapist in the Irving Independent School District.
She and Jack retired to the Hill Country where she taught quilting. Betty loved life and traveled extensively in the United States, Canada and Mexico. She made several trips to the British Isles and Europe. On a trip to Scotland she found Dal Hosie Castle, the ancient home of the Ramsey Clan, as well as her Coats of Arms from the Ramsey and Gordan Clans.
She loved and enjoyed the fine arts, from local events, to Broadway, to travels abroad. She was a positive force in everything she was involved in. Betty was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as Regent for her Chapter for several years. She enjoyed being a part of the Colonial Dames.
Betty was a lady of faith, intelligence and great wisdom. She loved all of her family dearly and doted on granddaughters, Lindsey and Lauren and great granddaughter, and namesake, Ramsey Erin Johnson.
Betty was preceded in death by her loving parents and brother; Morris Ramsey, Jr.
She was the heart of a loving family that included sons; Jack Huffman, Jr. and wife Debra of Orange, and Mance Huffman and wife Gina of Gallatin, TN; daughter; Connie Randle and husband Dewayne of Irving; five dearly loved grandchildren; Trey and Rachel Huffman, Lindsey and Blake Johnson, Ryan Randle, Lauren Randle and Jack Robert Huffman; three great-grandchildren; Ryder Huffman, Carter Foreman and Ramsey Johnson. The family also included Betty’s sister Gwendolyn Adams and her son Stacey, Nephews; Desmond and Doug Ramsey.
A special thanks to Dr. Jay Shachner and staff at Texas Oncology, and Molly Stringer, her special friend.
In lieu of flowers you may send donations to the American Cancer Society.