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Obituary for Betty Maddox

Ponca City Now - November 14, 2017 10:46 am

Betty Lou Maddox

July 4, 1927 – November 11, 2017

Betty Lou (Walker) Maddox passed away in Norman, Oklahoma on November 11, 2017 at the age of 90. A funeral ceremony to remember and celebrate Betty’s life will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Ponca City with Reverend Mike Smith presiding. Betty will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Park following the ceremony. Casket bearers will be Betty’s grandsons and great-grandsons. Friends and family may come by Trout Funeral Home in Ponca City to view Betty on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 8am-8pm.

Betty was born in a log cabin in Crawford County, Arkansas on July 4, 1927, the third child born to her parents, Lewis Walker and Beulah (Lamb) Walker. Her family moved from Arkansas when Betty was just three years old and came to Ponca City where she attended school up through 10th grade. Her family moved again, this time to El Cerrito, California where Betty attended her first semester of 11th grade. The family moved back to Ponca City where Betty completed eleventh grade. They then moved to Prairie Grove, AR where she graduated from Prairie Grove High School in 1945. After graduation Betty returned to Ponca City, working as a cashier at the Poncan Theater. This is where she met the love of her life, Charles F. Maddox, whom she married on June 13, 1946 at the First United Methodist Church in Ponca City. They had four children: Frederick Warren, Marilyn Kay, Charles Alan, and Nancy Gwen. While her children were growing up, Betty was a homemaker and was very involved in the Cub Scouts, PTA, and often helped as the homeroom mother in her children’s classrooms. She was also active in Garden Club and served as a Sunday School teacher. Professionally, she worked as a realtor in Ponca City during the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, earning multiple awards for sales and excellence. Betty and Charles made Ponca City their home until after Charles retired. Following that they lived in Fayetteville, AR, Oklahoma City, and Wynnewood, OK before settling back in Ponca City in 1999.Betty was a master gardener, a talented seamstress, quilter, and crocheter. She made beautiful quilts and afghans for her friends and loved ones. Betty was an excellent cook and baker. She loved to read, work crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and enjoyed sitting on the porch swing watching the birds come to the feeders in her backyard. Another hobby of Betty’s was genealogy. She did extensive research on her family without any of the modern day technology available now and organized her research into meaningful books for her family to keep for generations. Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 64 1/2 years, Charles; her parents, Lewis and Beaulah Walker, one brother, Bill Walker; two sisters, Lenora Stoner and Maxine Weaver; three nephews, Lewis Earl Cox, Christopher Rorie, and Shannon Weaver; one niece, Melanie Williams.

Betty is survived by her son, Frederick Maddox and wife, Laura of Wimberley TX, daughter, Marilyn Maddox of Edmond, OK, son, Charles Maddox and wife, Deborah of Houston, TX, and daughter, Nancy Elmore and husband, Kirk of Wynnewood, OK, niece Sharon (who Betty often described as a daughter) and her husband Frank Rorie of Ponca City, who were very dear to Betty, 13 grandchildren, Cavan Maddox, Alexia Ticknor and husband, Justin, Heather Maddox, Nicholas Marugg, Amber Phillips and husband, Jarrett, Angela Williams and husband, Russell, Christopher Elmore and wife, Tiffany, James Maddox and wife, Laura, Bailey Maddox, Cameron Elmore and wife, Haylie, Michael Maddox and partner, Schandra Madha, Emily Maddox, and Frazier Maddox, 12 great-grandchildren, Kaleb Ticknor, Madison Maddox, Payton Boik, Ian Maddox, Abigail Ticknor, Audrey McConnell, Madison Elmore, Jace Elmore, Tatyana Phillips, Charles Maddox, Lincoln Elmore and one great-grandbaby due in March 2018, brothers-in-law, Wallace Weaver of Ponca City, and William Maddox and wife, Jeanie of Fort Smith, AR, sister-in-law June Maddox of Oklahoma City, as well as numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 S. 6th Street, Ponca City, OK 74601 or TenderCare Hospice, 2401 Tee Circle, Suite 106, Norman, OK 73069.

Source: Trout Funeral Home