Services to honor and celebrate the life of Betty June Jones will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020, in the Chapel at South Tulsa Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Woodland Memorial Park, Sand Springs, where Betty will be laid to rest next to her husband, Rev. Doy Jones. The family will receive friends for visitation from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Bixby Funeral Service. Betty passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Tulsa. She was 94.
Born March 1, 1926, in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, Betty June Matts was the first of four children welcomed by Bill and Bess (Tow) Matts. Raised in her birth community, Betty would attend and graduate from Sand Springs schools. It was there that she also met Doy Jones. This couple would marry on December 10, 1944, in Claremore, and would devote the rest of their lives to family and ministry.
The Jones family would make their home in Ft. Worth, Texas, while Doy attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They would then serve in several churches and ministries. These assignments would have them in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, California, and also missionary work in Quito, Ecuador. Doy even served as President of the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of the Southern Baptist Church. Throughout each of these ministries, Betty played an active role. Much of the time, she worked in the church and ministry offices.
When able, Betty loved to spend time with family and friends. She also enjoyed reading, listening to music, and was a great cook – known to sneak her grandson’s favorite treats!
Described as: Godly, caring, and one with a servant’s heart, Betty was always there to help and always managed to put others' needs before her own.
This lovely lady will undoubtedly be missed by those who knew and loved her. She is survived by her daughters: Debbie Raines (Ray) of Tulsa; Sherry Kelly (Dexter) of McAllen, TX; grandsons: Jason Porter (Amy) of Tulsa and Jeremiah Kelly (Katie) of Wichita, KS; great-grandchildren: Gavin Kelly, Gabriella Porter, and Savannah Kelly.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Doy Jones; her mother, Bess Keeling; her father, Bill Matts and her son-in-law, Russ Porter.
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