Betty P. Sanford
August 6, 1938 – May 18, 2019
Betty P. Dennis Sanford, 80, of Bryan, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in her home. Betty Priscilla Dennis was born on August 6, 1938 in Marlow, Oklahoma to farmers Mitchell Lee and Mary Belle Dennis. The youngest of eight, she was spoiled and adored by her family. She attended Central Schools and during her third year, a bratty little boy kept pulling her pigtails, taking every chance at irritating her and trying to get her attention. Perseverance paid off, and by the 11th grade, Hershel Sanford and Betty were a couple. Betty graduated Central High School in 1956 as class Salutatorian. She received many recognitions and awards in homemaking, school plays, and academics, including a scholarship to study Home Economics. But Betty had other ideas. A woman ahead of her time, she wanted to go straight to work. Always meticulous and organized, she set her sights on becoming a bookkeeper. So, she moved to Duncan, Oklahoma, got a bookkeeping job at a car dealership, rented a room, and successfully adjusted to “big city” living. Betty worked steadily at jobs throughout her life; she was employed at College Station ISD, her favorite job, until her passing on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
Meanwhile, the love of her life completed boot camp in the Navy and upon his return, asked her to marry him. Betty and Hershel were married on December 28, 1956 and soon set off to Florida, where Hershel was stationed. Betty immediately found a bookkeeping job and worked steadily until the birth of daughter, Cindy, in January of 1958. After discharge, the little family moved to Texas and welcomed son, Byron, in July of 1960. After raising two college graduates (both educators), Betty and Hershel bought a small ranch in Flynn, Texas, and the two successfully raised Angus cattle. She and Hershel celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2006 and remained married until his death in 2012.
Betty had a passion for butterflies and flowers. She once commented that butterflies were like flying flowers. Betty’s survivors include her children, Cindy and Byron, who were the joys of her life and the greatest loves in life, her grandsons, Jason and Jeremy (both educators) and her great-grandkids, Eisley and Nolan; her daughter-in-love, Rhonda, her granddaughter-in-love, Nicole and son-in-love, Red held very special places in her heart.
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