On April 15, 1943, in Dennison, Texas, a beautiful, red-headed baby girl was born to Carl Davis and Mabel McKinney Davis. They named her Betty Lou, and took her back across the state line, where she lived her early childhood in and around Colbert, Oklahoma. When the oil boom started in West Texas, her family moved to Odessa, where her father found work at French Tool and Supply. Her mother worked at Furr’s Grocery Store on Andrews Highway, and Betty became mother pro-tem to her three younger siblings. Betty graduated from Odessa High School in 1961, and she and her cousin Ruby, moved to Fort Worth Texas to attend Commercial College. It was there that she met her future husband and soon became Betty Lou Davis Beardslee. From this union, she gave birth to two sons who were her pride and joy, and like her, they too were red headed. Ricky Duane Beardslee, Jr. and Devin Duane Beardslee were the light of her life. She was blessed to be able to stay home with them and focus her attention and love on her beloved sons. After the boys left home, she started working at Town & Country on Kermit Highway, where she was in charge of the deli. She became friends with every one who came to eat her cooking for breakfast and lunch. Betty’s bright and cheery attitude and her love for people soon brought that store to the the highest selling store in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. She became known to her customers as the “Burger Queen”. She was such a happy, caring and loving lady. She was like a magnet and made uncountable friends that were like her second family. During this time, she and her oldest brother Carl Dean and his wife Barbara, cared for their parents as their health was failing. Betty tended to them with undying love, all the while under going many back and neck surgeries due to spinal stenosis. After her mother passed, and with her failing health, she moved to Crane to live with her son Ricky and his wife Donna. Soon, it became apparent that she needed full time care and attention, and she started residing at the Crane Nursing Home. Her magnetism of love and compassion didn’t fail her there. She resided there for the last 8 years of her life, and everyone who was a resident or an employee loved her dearly, and that love was returned to them three-fold. She touched so many lives during those years, and her kind heart and spirit brought so much comfort and joy to everyone. She felt so blessed to be there and truly loved all the staff and residents. On May 30, she had a fall in the middle of the night and broke her pelvic bone and four ribs. She suffered many complications over the next month, and on June 29, 2019, the Lord decided she had suffered enough. Two very special people in her life, Roger Davis and Christy Leach were by her side when she left this world. It was very unexpected and very quick when she left us, and our family will be eternally grateful that they were there with her.
Left to cherish her memory and carry on her legacy of love. Kindness and her spirit of optimism are her sons, Ricky Beardslee and his wife Donna, Devin Beardslee and his wife Cynthia, and the center of her life, her granddaughter Brittani Beardslee Espino and her husband Gahndi. Also left are her grandchildren Robert Workman, Gregg Workman and his wife Elisa, Stephen Beardslee, Kristen Beardslee Polvon and husband Brandon, Kelsey Beardslee Heredia and husband Steve, Ricky Beardslee and wife Marisa, and Matthew McGlothlin. Betty also had 11 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Loanne Manion, brother Donald Ray Davis, and sister Twana McMurrian. Her sister-in-law, Barbara Davis Allison, will always be a part of all of Betty’s family.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Mabel Davis, her beloved brother Carl Dean Davis and her granddaughter Angie Workman.
Betty, go rest high on that mountain with Jesus and the family waiting for you there. Your pain and suffering is gone and no longer will you cry another tear. Your work on earth is over and now you will reap the blessings our Heavenly Father has prepared for you. Know that we will always treasure you and love you, and never forget you until we join you there. You were a blessing to us all and you will be sorely missed. You were loved by so many and will never be forgotten.
Graveside services will be held at 9:00 am on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at the Crane County Cemetery with Gregg Workman officiating. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.