Betty Jane Burnett Voss

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Betty Jane Burnett Voss left this life on Nov. 16, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. She was 88 years old.

Betty was born on Nov. 8, 1924, to the late Fay and Sam Burnett. Her family participated in the land run of 1889 and her grandfather, Roland Burnett, served on Oklahoma City's first police force. She was a lifelong resident of Oklahoma.

She attended Lee School on Capitol Hill and graduated from Northeast High School. During World War II, she worked at Will Rogers Field in the payroll department.

After marrying the love of her life, the late J. Edward "Pat" Voss in December 1943, she devoted her life to raising their three daughters and assisted Pat in running the family dairy business. Betty and Pat were married for 53 years.

She was a devoted Christian and made her church home at Quail Springs Baptist Church. She had been a long time member of Millwood Baptist Church, where she played the piano for the congregation and taught Sunday school. Betty was a volunteer for many years at Baptist Hospital of Oklahoma City.

After Pat's death in 1996, Betty continued to live on their family's farm until 2010 when she moved to Touchmark at Coffee Creek.

Betty was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Ann Burnett; her husband, Pat Voss; her parents, Fay and Sam Burnett; and her brother-in-law, Jack Hobgood.

She is survived by her children, Judy Telford and husband Joe, Dr. Barbara Voss-Alvarez and husband Jesse M. Alvarez, all of Edmond, Okla., and Martha J. Critchfield and husband Roy, of Troup.

She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Jeffrey Telford and wife Linda, Jenni Telford Stout, and husband Derek, all of McKinney, Staff Sergeant Michael W. Levescy and wife Christa, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Patrick D. Willis and wife Dr. Sherilyn Willis, of Tyler, Amy Levescy and partner Lieutenant Kristin Polansky of Edmond, Okla., and Dr. Adam R. Critchfield of New York, N.Y.

She will be remembered by her 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition, she is survived by her sister, Barbara Burnett Hobgood, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; her brother, Charles Edward "Bud" Burnett and wife Jan of Norman, Okla.; her sisters-in-law, Mary Louise Butts Clough and Gladys Voss, of Oklahoma City, Okla. Betty has many nieces, nephews and friends who will remember her fondly.

The family would like to acknowledge the loving kindness provided to Betty from the health professionals at Centennial Hospice and Touchmark at Coffee Creek.

The funeral service will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 13313 North Kelley, Oklahoma City, Okla., on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to East Texas Crisis Center, P.O. Box 7060, Tyler, 75711; or R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, care of University of Texas at Tyler, 3900 University Blvd., Tyler, 75799.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Nov. 18, 2012
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