Betty Jane King Wright passed from this life at the age of 92 on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Family visitation will occur on Tuesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home in Vernon, Texas. The memorial service will be held on Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Vernon, Texas with Senior Pastor, Gib Baskerville officiating. Services are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
A lifelong resident, Betty Jane was born on May 3, 1922 in Vernon, to Bertram Sebastian King and Maude Alberta King. She attended local schools, graduating from Vernon High School in 1939. After studying at Texas State College for Women in Denton, Betty Jane returned to Vernon in 1941 to marry her husband of 74 years, William Eggleston (Bill) Wright.
Bill and Betty Jane established their home in Vernon and were later joined by two children, Betty Duane, born before World War II, and William Dan born after the war. Betty Jane, like many women of her era, worked hard to care for her family and gave support to her husband who served in the Pacific theater in WWII.
She was a woman who served others gracefully: her family, her friends, her community and her Lord. As a mother, she served as a volunteer in her children’s schools and as a sponsor for their many activities. As a daughter and daughter-in- law, she served her parents and in-laws with love and care. As a community member, Betty Jane was active in many organizations. She was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Vernon where she taught children in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and served on the bereavement committee.
Betty Jane was a devoted member of the Yamparika Club. She was a board member and active supporter of The Community Concert Association for many years, helping to bring fine music to Vernon. In addition, she served on the Board and as a docent and volunteer at the Red River Valley Museum, using her gifts of hospitality and service and expressing her love of art.
Preceding Betty Jane in death were her parents, her brothers, Warren King, Newell King, and James B. King, her granddaughter, Kelsey Wright, and her grandson, Brad Bolton. She is survived by her husband, Bill Wright; her daughter, Duane Bolton and husband James of Georgetown; and her son Dan Wright and wife Pat of Dallas. Her surviving grandchildren are Kathy Bolton Johnson and husband Chris of Cameron Park, CA; Raji A Bolton of Vernon; and Austen Wright and wife Cassandra of Dallas. Great-grandchildren are Elizabeth, Russell, and John Harmony; James, Aidan, and Kiran Bolton; and Addison Wright. She is also survived by her sister, Kathryn Snell, of Amarillo; her sisters in law, Anna Wright and Emily King of Vernon; and many close cousins, nieces, and nephews.
In her later years, many people gave Betty Jane care and comfort. These individuals include the ladies and health professionals who cared for her in her Vernon home and the staff of both the House of Hope in Wichita Falls and the Hospice of Wichita Falls.
For those wishing to make a memorial contribution in memory of Betty Jane you may do so to the following organizations:
The Red River Valley Museum
P.O. Box 2004
Vernon, TX 76385
The Betty and Bill Wright Scholarship Fund
4400 College Dr
Vernon, Texas 76384
Alzheimer’s Association North Central Texas
2630 West Freeway – Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX 76102