Bettie Marie Maxwell passed away on July 17, 2019. There will be no services. A private memorial will be held at a later date.
Bettie Marie Maxwell, longtime resident of Baytown, Texas, left this world on July 17, 2019. Her daughters and grandchildren were with her, in her home, to the end of her life on this earth. She was born in Tucson, Arizona on December 2, 1955. She was 63 at her time of passing.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Willard West and her second husband, William D. (Billy) Maxwell.
Bettie studied at Lee College and received certification for Private Duty Care. As a dedicated Professional Care Giver, she helped numerous aged and ill people stay in their homes as long as possible. She was very active and involved in AA, 14 years sober, and had great pride in that achievement. Her dedication to helping others overcome the same problem was very strong and a large part of her daily life. Her friends and support group in that endeavor were of great importance to her. She was called “Miss Bettie.” Her door was never locked, everyone was welcome, she was an excellent cook and always had time to give a hug and a kind, encouraging word. Her smile was beautiful, she had a great sense of humor and her laugh filled any room. Bettie had a heart of gold, more valuable than all the wealth in the world.
Bright colors, butterflies, the ‘60’s, good movies, music and jewelry were a few of her favorite things. A trip to New York was a highlight of her life. Above all else, she was devoted, heart and soul, to her family. Her daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters, nieces and nephews, and her beloved cat Sophia, were her most precious and greatest joys.
Bettie is survived by her two daughters & son-in- laws, Katherine & Sonny Brown and August & Shawn Benoit, six grandchildren & spouses: Morgan & Devin Opiela, Brooke & Lexie Willis, Korey Willis, Landon Willis, Tyler Huffman and Connor Benoit, and two great grandchildren: Kyleigh Walters and Kaiden Opiela. Also her sisters, Peggy Gunter (James), Glenda Ingham (Robert), three nieces, one nephew, six great nieces and three great nephews. Preceding her in death was her beloved brother, David A. (Buddy) Johnson, her “Hero”, who was killed in the Viet Nam war in March of 1968.
Bettie donated her body to science, another way of giving of herself even after death. Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend to so many. An Encourager, Seer of the positive, Adventurer, Dreamer and a Gift to all of us who loved her so very much. She is deeply missed and forever in our hearts.
There will be no services. A private memorial will be held at a later date.