On Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, Betty Dee Roark Allen, who had just turned 78, took on her angel wings to fly away home to heaven and join her husband, William Thomas "Bill" Allen.
Service: A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at Lamar Baptist Church, with interment following in Moore Memorial Gardens on North Davis Drive in Arlington.
Donna and Brad invite Betty's family and friends to join them for a visitation at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 North Davis Drive, on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorials: Flowers are welcomed, but donations made in Betty's honor to the Lamar Baptist Church Library, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society or Alzheimer's Association would be equally appreciated.
Betty was born Nov. 28, 1931, in Chilton, the sixth daughter of William Thomas Roark and Delia Tarr Roark; she passed away at Horizon Bay Assisted Living in Arlington.
The last surviving of six sisters, Betty joyously joined her loved ones in heaven who preceded her in death: her beloved husband of 58 years, William Thomas "Bill" Allen; her parents, William Thomas Roark and Delia Tarr Roark; sisters, Mary Fergeson, Ruby Rogers, Esther Faye "Sallie" Jones, Emily Ruth "Babe" Prestage and Billie Jean "BJ" Donalson; nephew, Hugh Thomas "Tommy" Clark; and nieces Katherine Sue Prestage Broyles and Glenda Gail Prestage Newcomb.
Betty was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was her greatest joy. Her children and grandchildren fondly remember her undivided love and attention, her playfulness and involvement in their lives and her support of their dreams, goals and educations. Betty served as a den mother and Brownie leader, and took Donna and Brad to their music lessons and other activities. She also loved her church family at Lamar Baptist Church where she quietly served her Lord Jesus as media librarian for six years. She also helped sew and assemble items in love care packages for battered women. Especially in her later years, Betty suffered with many physical illnesses, but everyone who knew her was inspired by her pleasant and sweet disposition and her strong Christian faith.
A graduate of Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Betty worked at a bakery during her late teens, where she learned the art of cake decorating. Her beautifully decorated cakes were often enjoyed by her family and friends throughout the years. She was also a talented seamstress.
Betty and her husband, Bill, traveled extensively throughout the United States and enjoyed visiting many other countries as well. Favorite trips were to Israel, Greece and Alaska. Betty and Bill spent many years together exploring ghost towns, back roads, and out-of-the-way places of beauty in Colorado. As a family, Betty and Bill took their daughter and son camping in Colorado and seeing sites throughout the United States. After Bill's retirement, Betty and Bill spent part of each year in Gunnison, Colo., where they especially enjoyed fishing for trout and having friends and family come and share their fun. Betty and Bill also vacationed in the Texas Gulf coast area, where they enjoyed boat trips and catching fish with friends, Dale and Virginia Gallagher.
Until she lost her vision, Betty was an extremely avid reader, and that was one of her favorite hobbies. After she lost her vision, she enjoyed listening to "books on tape" from the Arlington Public Library and Texas Commission for the Blind. Until her passing, Betty regularly attended the wheelchair exercise and mind aerobic classes offered at Horizon Bay, where she resided, trying her best to stay as physically and mentally fit as she could. She challenged herself to walk the corridors as often as her health would allow.
Betty enjoyed collecting seashells, music boxes and Native American art.
Betty was a blessing to each person whose life she touched. We will all miss her, but we know she is in heaven and is now happily reunited with her beloved Bill, five sisters and others who were waiting to welcome her Home.
Survivors: Betty is survived by daughter, Donna Allen Miller, of Arlington; son, Charles Bradley "Brad" Allen and wife, Sonia "Sunny," of Albuquerque, N.M.; granddaughter, Alicia Nicole "Nikki" Allen Jones and husband, Dan, of Waxhaw, N.C.; granddaughter, Jennifer Allen Crotts and husband, Grant, of Charlotte, N.C.; grandson, Shane Ian Frederick of Chandler, Ariz.; and great-grandchildren, Caroline Marie Jones and Nathaniel Lee "Nathan" Jones. Betty was also looking forward to the birth of her third great-grandchild, whose arrival is expected in March 2010. Seven nieces and nephews and their families and many cherished and beloved friends at Lamar Baptist Church also survive Betty.
Betty's children, Donna and Brad, express their heartfelt appreciation to these many friends for their love and encouragement, and their comforting cards and visits to Betty, especially during these last months following their dad's passing. Donna and Brad also especially want to thank Scott Walton and his associates at BrightStar Healthcare, and everyone at IntegraCare Hospice for their compassionate and loving care of Betty and unfaltering support to Donna and Brad. Their thanks are extended to the staff at Horizon Bay as well. The family also extends their gratitude and most especially wants to thank Janet Zamarripa, Pam Spencer, Kimberly Fulton and Diaudra Nemons for their many kindnesses and for their loving and dedicated care of Betty. Betty's family also thanks Edwin Rodriguez, LVN, and Denicia, LVN, for their tender and gentle care of Betty and for helping her to remain calm and comfortable during her final hours.