Betty Jo Johnson 82, born August 24, 1927 in Dexter NM, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2009 in San Angelo, TX.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.E. Red Johnson, parents, Ewin and Willie Mae Burrows, sister, Paula Hendrix and brothers, Bill E. and Jimmy E. Burrows.
Betty is survived by her brother, Max Burrows and wife, Loueva, of FlowerMound, TX, J.E.'s daughter Petra Cantrell and husband, John, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and numerous nieces and nephews. In the final weeks of life, she was lovingly cared for by sister-in-law, Pat Burrows and daughter, Brenda of San Angelo, TX.
After retiring from Motorola in Chicago, IL, Betty returned home to Clovis in the the early 1970s. A self taught artist with an amazing eye for detail, Betty delighted in the creative process of painting until the progression of macular degeneration made painting no longer possible.
Betty was a tireless and successful advocate for animal rights and care and devoted herself to insuring the humane treatment of domestic pets. Her 2 dogs, Cindi and Pepe, survive her.
A memorial graveside service was held at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens with Steed-Todd Funeral Home in charge of arrangements and Skip Clark officiating.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful people of Vista Care Hospice in Clovis, NM and San Angelo, TX.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clovis Animal Shelter, and Vista Care Hospice.
I was so saddened to hear of Bettys passing. She was a beautiful woman with a big heart. I loved Betty and will greatly miss her. She was our coyote lady. She is an angel in heaven now. This Christmas will not be the same for us here at the animal shelter and especicially not for me. RIP MY FRIEND. Till we meet again.
Louisa MaestasClovis, NM
Dearest Auntie Betty,
You were definitely one of a kind. I love you so, so much. You were always such a strong woman and an inspiration to so many. I will always have the memories of spending summers with you and admiring your beautiful paintings. You had such a gift, a wonderful talent that have so many pleasure. I am so grateful that my family had the opportunity to spend quality time with you. You touched their lives and they will never forget you. We all love you dearly and will miss you so much. I know that you are in good company with the Lord, Uncle Jay, Mama Mae, Granddaddy, Uncle Bill, Aunt Wanda, Aunt Paula and my daddy, your baby brother Gene. We find comfort in knowing that you are in heaven with God.
Your love for your pets and all the animals that you rescued and cared for showed everyone your big heart.
Rest in Peace dear Aunt Betty
Renee, Tony, Angelo, Chelsea, Sabrina and Gabrielle, AL
Dearest Aunt Betty,
You have always been there for me throughout the years. I am going to miss your words of wisdom ,the family has had a
great loss. If tears could build a stairway I would follow it to you and bring you home again .. I love you and will miss you forever Rest in Peace loved one.
Love Sis, Sam Tony
Karen MaglioccoNapa, CA