Betty B. Ellis Hooper, 79, a 50-year resident of Barstow, Calif., went to be with our Lord Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in her home, surrounded by family and friends.
She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and incredible lady. She was born in Pulaski on Feb. 5, 1933, to the late Garland and Frances Brintle. Betty's early years were spent in Columbia, South America, where her father worked on a coffee plantation at the base of the Andes Mountains. They returned to the U.S. and resided in Oklahoma for four years. The family then moved to Tennessee where they remained as farmers and raised cattle until the early death of her father Garland. Betty attended high school in Cornersville, then college at Belmont University in Nashville. Betty came to Barstow in 1962 with her husband who worked at Goldstone Tracking Station. She has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Barstow since she arrived. She taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir and senior choir for most of the time. Singing in church was her great love all her life. She worked in the insurance industry for 43 years in Barstow. She retired after selling Betty B. Ellis Insurance in 2008. Since 1979 she and Harry were often found on their motorcycle on spur-of-the-moment trips to Yellowstone, Arizona, or northern California, just to have a piece of pie or visit a new restaurant they heard about. Betty will be remembered most for her wonderful spirit and gift of the gab. Betty Ann Brintle Heibeck Ellis Hooper was never at a loss for words. Her love of family and friends and her beautiful smile will be missed by us all.
Betty was predeceased by husbands Allen A. Heibeck and Tommy Ellis, and her brother, James Albert Brintle.
Betty has one sister, Mary Ellen Doggett and husband Don; and four brothers, William Brintle and wife Carol, Joseph Brintle and wife Sherry, Jim Brintle and wife Sharron, and Robert Brintle and wife Annette. She is survived by her husband, Harry S. Hooper of Barstow; sons, David Heibeck and his wife Judi, Richard and Jon Heibeck of Sacramento, Calif., Glenn Ball and Jeff Smith of Idaho, Randy Smith and wife Trisha of Bishop, Calif., Mike Hooper of Issaquah, Wash., Melvin Hooper of Pismo Beach, Calif., Robin Hooper Hernandez and husband Leonard of Barstow, and Bill Harris and wife Nan of Geneva, III. Betty has been blessed with 25 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted by Don Doggett at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Beechwood Cemetery, Cornersville.
London Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.