Betty Ann Rhotenberry
June 16, 1924 – July 8, 2018
Betty Ann Rhotenberry passed away in Midland on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at the age of 94. Betty lived a long and happy life filled with love for her family and friends. Betty was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas as the youngest of six children. After graduating high school in Fort Worth, she attended college at North Texas Agricultural College in Arlington, Texas. It was there that she met James (Jim) Rhotenberry. They dated until Jim enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after Pearl Harbor. Following Jim’s discharge from the service, Betty and Jim resumed their courtship and were married on September 3, 1947. In 1949, they moved to Odessa where Jim began his career as a Petroleum Engineer. One year later, they moved to Midland where they made their home together for the next fifty five years and raised three children. Betty was the ultimate Mom and Grandmother, good natured, devoted and generous. She loved to entertain and created a home that was full of life, love and fun for her family and friends. When her children were grown, she pursued an interest in Interior Design forming her own business, (BR Designs), that attracted numerous clients in West Texas. In later years, Betty and Jim focused their lives on grandchildren, travel, volunteering and bridge. Betty had a strong faith and was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church. She and Jim were founding members of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and later became active members of First Presbyterian Church of Midland. Betty was proceeded in death by her beloved Jim and her parents W.C. and Mabel Schutts, and brothers Jack, Robert, William and Lewis Schutts and sister Jane Crawford. She is survived by her daughter Sally Rhotenberry of Makawao, Maui Hawaii, sons James R. Rhotenberry, Jr. and wife Claire of Midland and William M. Rhotenberry and wife Kathy of Plano. She is also survived by grandchildren Mele Ana Daniels, Elise Ansley and husband Mark, Harper Essex, Hudson Rhotenberry, Jordan Rhotenberry and Tucker Rhotenberry and great grandchildren, Mason and Oliver Ansley, Pierce and Elliot Essex, Elijah Fuentes and Makai Daniels. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Ellis Funeral Home. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, July 13, 2018 at Resthaven Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family would be honored by memorials to First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Hospice of Midland or Manor Park. The family wishes to offer special thanks to all of the nurses and staff at the Scharbauer House at Manor Park and the nurses of Hospice of Midland for the loving care they provided to Betty.
- Sally Rhotenberry, Daughter
- James R. Rhotenberry Jr. and wife Claire, Son
- William M. Rhotenberry and wife Kathy, Son
- Grandchildren Mele Ana Daniels, Elise Ansley and husband Mark, Harper Essex, Hudson Rhotenberry, Jordan Rhotenberry and Tucker Rhotenberry and great grandchildren, Mason and Oliver Ansley, Pierce and Elliot Essex, Elijah Fuentes and Makai Daniels.
- Visitation Thursday, July 12, 2018
- Graveside Service Friday, July 13, 2018
Betty Ann Rhotenberry
July 18, 2018
Growing up in Midland, the thing I remember most about Betty was her witty, dry humor. She and husband Jim were close friends with my parents and she always made me laugh. I remember one night when my parents were hosting the bridge club at our house in the den. I had a hiding place nearby on the stairs where I could hear everything going on while they played bridge. I noticed our pet cat, who had a long, plumy tail, pass by and enter the den where the action was. I heard one of the men say, "Oh, what a pretty tail." To which Betty replied, "Why, thank you Bill!" (name has been changed to protect the innocent). Everybody burst out in laughter, including me, and continued laughing for several minutes.
Betty became an interior decorator in the 1960's. One time she came over to our house so my mother could get Betty's ideas for new curtains and bedspread for the master bedroom. I was home and tagged along for fun. As we entered the bedroom, I saw our pet cat curled up against a pillow on the bed, fast asleep. Betty quipped, "Oh, what a lovely throw pillow!" My mother and I both got a good laugh out of that.
That was Betty. She always made a good time better with her razor wit. She was a great friend to my parents and an important part of my childhood. Betty was a great lady and will be missed.