Betty G. Lamkin

February 6, 1919July 6, 2019

Martha Elizabeth (Betty) Giles Lamkin, 100, died peacefully in her sleep on July 6, 2019, in her Apartment at Broadway Plaza at Cityview.

She was born February 6, 1919 in Anna, TX , daughter of Henry Grady Giles and Myrtle May Alexander Giles.

Betty graduated high school from Anna High School in 1937, and attended Texas Christian University from 1937-39, until her father passed and she returned home to help her mother.

In 1941, Betty attended a dance at Lake Worth Casino Beach where she met her soon to be husband, John Lamkin. Several weeks later, they were married August 22, 1941. After 2 years, John returned home from service in Europe during WWII, and they settled down in Keller, TX. They purchased the local telephone company, consisting of 6 party lines, which was wired over the top of barbed-wire fences. They built their business and family in Keller until they moved to Bridgeport, TX in 1966

In Bridgeport, John and Betty took over operations of the telephone company. Betty was an active member of the local Women’s Club, and they were both active members at the United Methodist Church. Betty’s husband John passed away in 1987, and Betty continued living in Bridgeport for the next 12 years.

In 1999 Betty moved to Broadway Plaza in Fort Worth, where she lived out the next 20 years. She loved living there, and remained busy with all the activities and socializing provided by the retirement community. At a time when many of her friends had already passed, she found lots of new friendships. Betty enjoyed traveling, playing cards, cooking, needle-point, and reading.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband John Lyle Lamkin, and a sister, Margaret Giles Axsmith.

Survivors include her daughter Peggy Giles Lamkin Smith and her husband Fred W. Smith of Fort Worth, TX. Grandchildren include Fredrick Scott Smith and his wife Karen of Plano TX, and John Michael Smith of Las Vegas, NV. Great-Grandchildren include Ashley Elizabeth Smith, Ethan Cole Smith, and Skylyn Rayne Smith.


  • Graveside Service Friday, July 12, 2019


Betty G. Lamkin

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