The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 11, 2012

Betty Lee Buck

Published 12-11-12


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Funeral service for Betty Lee Buck, 86, will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at First Christian Church, Cherokee, with the Revs. Mary Irby and Tom Stanley officiating. Burial will follow in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Goodwin Funeral Home, Cherokee. At Betty’s request, the casket will remain closed, but friends may sign the memory book from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Goodwin Funeral Home, 106 West 2nd Street. Visitation with the family present will be available at the funeral home from 4:30-5:30 p.m. today, Dec. 11.

Betty Lee Oakley Buck was born Sept. 3, 1926, near Carmen, Okla., to Russ and Hazel Hill Oakley. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, in Cherokee, Okla., on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.

Betty was a lifelong resident of Alfalfa County. She grew up during the Great Depression and graduated valedictorian from Carmen High School in 1944.

As a young woman, World War II was a major factor in her life. Betty moved to Oklahoma City and worked in a supply warehouse at Tinker Air Base.

After World War II, Joe and Betty were married on Feb. 1, 1947. They had two children, Jim and Susan Jo.

Betty’s days were filled with school events, working in town, running her home, church activities and cooking delicious meals. Family and friends came first. They were greeted warmly and fed generously at the Buck table.

Betty and Joe traveled extensively, visiting many foreign countries. They especially enjoyed attending Joe’s Marine Corps reunions and visiting areas of the Pacific, where Joe fought in the war.

Betty had a very kind and generous spirit, and was known for her fleece blankets, fabulous foods and especially her chocolate cake.

She was a lifelong member of Prairie Valley Methodist Church, a 56-year member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha service sorority, and very active in the Alfalfa County Democrat Women.

Survivors include son, Jim and Marlene Buck, Cherokee; daughter, Susan Jo and Glenn Myers, Edmond; grandchildren, Chris Parker and Shane, Angie Buck, Jamie Beisel and Joe, Morey Myers and Sarah, and Mindy Lamprich and Brad; great-grandchildren include Hailey, Joel and Wyatt Parker, Jordan Beisel and Carter Lamprich;  brother, Jack Oakley; and cousin, Keith Oakley.

She was preceded in death by her beloved Joe, and siblings Helen Cellan, Russell Oakley, Mary VanHorn, Bill Oakley and LouAnn Schuler.

Suggested memorials include Alfalfa County EMS, Cherokee Fire Department, or the charity of choice.

(Submitted by family)