Betty Jane Miner

March 5, 1926July 6, 2019

Betty Jane Miner was born March 5, 1926 to Frank and Clara Payne in Bristow, OK. She passed away July 6, 2019 in Oklahoma City, OK.

Betty grew up on a farm in Slick, Oklahoma and graduated from Slick High School. She then went to Hillcrest Nursing School through the University of Tulsa, and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1948. There she met and married her husband, Richard E. Miner. During Colonel Richard E. Miner’s military career in the US Air Force, they traveled to Texas and Indiana in the early years. Residence landed them back in Oklahoma in 1960; first in Tulsa, then Muskogee and finally in Midwest City/Oklahoma City.

Betty worked as a Registered Nurse during those stays in Evansville, Indiana, and Muskogee and retired from Midwest City Hospital after 20 years in the Emergency Room. She not only was a caregiver for her patients but also to her mother-in-law, mother and her husband Richard who passed away in 2000. She donated to numerous organizations related to veterans and a member of VFW Women’s Auxiliary in addition to Midwest City Auxiliary Retired Nurses.

Her avid hobby in the early years was as a seamstress making clothes for the girls. She also made decorative home items such as draperies, pillows, bedspreads, etc.

Betty was known for her detailed note taking which came from her nursing background for patients’ reports. This definitely carried over in to her personal life. Notes and lists were sent to every family member with to-do’s or requests. Friends, relatives, and acquaintances would receive a Birthday card, Thank you note, or letter for updates. She never forgot those dates….They were also on a list.

Betty was preceded in death by her father, Frank Payne; mother, Clara Payne; siblings: Andrew, Billy, Joanne, and Nancy; husband, Richard Miner; and son, Peter Miner.

She is survived by her brother, Frank Payne; children: Diana Coffman, Jacqueline Earls, and Robert Miner; grandchildren: Blaine Coffman, Brett Coffman, and Jordan Earls; as well as five great-grandchildren.

The family would like to give thanks to the wonderful staff at Teal Creek Assisted Living for their support and patient care of Betty this past year. In lieu of the flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, July 11, 2019


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Lori Newman Crawford

July 8, 2019

Thinking of you Rob, Jacki, Diana and families. Wishing you peace and comfort. I will miss Aunt Betty's Christmas cards and letters.