VAN ALSTYNE — Betty McTee Childress, 78, of Van Alstyne, passed away Monday, April 30 in Sherman. Throughout her life Betty was a mentor, an inspiration, and most importantly a faithful Christian.

Betty was born to the late Vera and Arthur McTee July 8, 1939 in Weston. She graduated from Van Alstyne High School in 1957 and soon moved to Dallas to begin working. In 1958, she married the love of her life, Bob Childress, in Van Alstyne. In Dallas, she worked for St. Regis and Pollock Paper. In 1971, she and Bob moved to Van Alstyne and ran Van Food Store for many years. She later worked for Metal Industries, and then went to work for Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative, where she retired. Not one to sit still long, she soon went to work part-time at Benton Luttrell in Van Alstyne where she was working until her death.

Betty was an active member of her community, school and church. She was a chairperson of the all-school reunion for Van Alstyne Schools for several years. She served as a school board member, and was a member of the naming committee for new campuses for Van Alstyne ISD. Betty was a long-time member of the Texoma Council of Governments Housing Board and was recognized for her outstanding leadership and service. Betty was a member of the First Baptist Church of Van Alstyne, where she taught Sunday school and served on many committees.

Betty is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Bob, of Van Alstyne; daughter, Laura of Van Alstyne; brothers; Don (Linda) McTee of Aransas Pass, and Glenn (Mary Ann) McTee of Palestine; sisters; Nita (John) McCullough of Pottsboro, Rita (Ronald) Parris of Irving, and Sue (Glenn) Gaskill of McKinney. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, and was Aunt B to her grand-nieces and grand-nephews who were the light of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers Charles McTee and Ken McTee.

Visitation was held Saturday, May 5 from 5-7 p.m. at Scoggins Funeral Home in Van Alstyne. A service to celebrate the wonderful life of Betty Childress was held Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Van Alstyne. Burial followed at the Van Alstyne Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and to share Betty’s devotion to education and her church, the family requests donations be made to either the Van Alstyne Education Foundation or the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

The family would also like to express their special thanks and gratitude to the SICU staff at Wilson N. Jones and the ICU staff at Carrus Specialty Hospital for the care, concern and compassion that Mrs. Betty was treated with. We will never forget how you made her feel and smile and how you made us feel and smile. Thank you.

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