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Connally/Compton Funeral Directors

4400 West Waco Drive, Waco, TX

OBITUARY

Bettye Delene Baird Keathley

February 28, 1937January 8, 2020
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Mrs. Bettye Delene Baird Keathley, age 82, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in Round Rock, Texas. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 12, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors in Waco. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 13, at Frost Cemetery in Frost, Texas. Bettye was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Lessie (Cook) Baird and her husband, David L. Keathley. She is survived by their daughter Kathy, and husband, Rich, and granddaughters Delaney and Savannah of Round Rock, Texas. She is also survived by her cousin Lynn Short and wife, Anita, of Frost, Texas. Bettye was born on February 28, 1937 in Corsicana, Texas and was raised in Mertens, Texas by her loving parents. On September 3, 1955, she married the love of her life, David Keathley. After attending Navarro Junior College and Sam Houston State College, they dedicated their lives to public school education. Bettye taught Home Economics in Magnolia Independent School District. They moved to Waco in 1962, where they both taught and served as district and campus administrators in Waco Independent School District. Bettye and David were active in the Kareem Shrine and other community organizations, as well as being very involved in their only daughter’s school activities. Their home was open to Kathy’s friends and their motor home often carried them on trips and to football games. After David’s untimely death at the age of 54, Bettye continued her dedication to her campus and daughter, but remained devoted to her soulmate and loved sharing stories of their adventures together.

After Bettye retired in 2003, she began working for Baylor University and Waco ISD in the teacher preparation program. Bettye loved to travel and she, Kathy, Rich and her granddaughters enjoyed multiple vacations and excursions. In the last few years of her life, she left her longtime home in Waco and moved in with Rich, Kathy, and the girls where she enjoyed attending their school activities, shopping, and traveling. While she had a rich life full of love and adventures, her family and friends should be comforted to know she is with her Father and Savior and is reunited with her love, David.

Bettye’s family wishes to thank her caregiver, Dawn Smith, who provided daily loving care and companionship and became like family. In lieu of flowers, memorial dedications may be made in her honor to your choice of Title I public schools, animal shelters, or pet rescue organizations.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Graveside Service Monday, January 13, 2020

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Mary Fitzpatrick

January 11, 2020

An elegant woman Is poised. polite and maintains composure no matter the situation.
And elegant woman also cares about her appearance and takes time to always look amazing.........I never saw Bettye look anything else but amazing!!!!!!! I have had the pleasure of knowing and learning about life from Bettye for close to 50 years. She will always remain in my thoughts and I can see her and David having a grand time in the heavens above.
Kathy you are truly blessed with having such a wonderful mother and father ..........as always I am here for you
Love Fitzie

John Powers

January 11, 2020

Kathy and family,

I'm so sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories and take care of those who are still around while they are still here.

Regards,
John & Lisa Powers

Donna Zemanek

January 10, 2020

I met Mrs. Keathley in early-mid 2000s as I sat in the South Waco Elementary teacher's lunch/workroom working on a WISD internal audit and she came in for lunch. As we visited, I recognized her last name and asked if she was related to David Keathley. I enjoyed our visit and several subsequent...and was thrilled at the opportunity to know the beautiful and gracious lady who was the perfect complement to our handsome, gracious, and beloved Assistant Principal during my years at Lake Air Junior High.
God be with you,
Donna Adams Zemanek
LAJH'66; RHS'69
WISD Internal Auditor '01-'11

Dawn Smith-Lovett

January 10, 2020

I had the pleasure of loving and caring for Bettye Keathly for the past year and a half. I am so grateful that she chose me to be her caregiver for the last year of her life. I am also grateful for her inviting me into her family and becoming a dear friend to me. Momma K Fly High. I will miss you and I love you but God Loved you more. Heaven just gained another very special angel.
Dawn S

Valerie Loft

January 10, 2020

My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Sincerely,
Valerie L.

Norma Moon

January 10, 2020

It was a pleasure to know and work with Bettye for ten years at South Waco Elementary. We had a big campus and a big job to do. She was an experienced administrator who shared her knowledge with me, supported all our efforts, and worked well with our staff and students. My condolences to her family. I know they meant the world to her.

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