She was born May 30, 1927 in Littlefield, Texas, to Walker and Ruby Beckham. Betty was a longtime resident of the Houston and Cabool, Missouri area.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Louise Beckham; and one brother, Eugene Beckham.
She is survived by her brother, Willis Beckham of Clearwater, Florida; her sister, Fern Goodwin of Springfield, Missouri; her son, Sammy Long and wife Doris of Livingston, Texas; two grandsons, Yancey Long and Hec Long; two great-granddaughters, Grason and Rhonya; two great-grandsons, Breckett and Shiloh; seven nieces, Margie, Patsy, Peggy, Kim, Nancy, Susie and Vickie; two nephews, Michael and Robert; many great-nephews and -nieces and very special longtime friend, Mary Jo Lowery.
Betty grew up and attended school in Texas County, Missouri, and at the tender age of 17 she was a welder at Fort Leonard Wood during World War II. She later took a position working with handicapped children at a school in Mountain Grove, Missouri, for over 38 years. Betty was known for her quiet demeanor, a kind heart and the patience of a saint, and school staff and children adored her, as she did them.
Betty loved reading the Bible, had a passion for the gospel and she loved gathering with her friends. She loved to cook, collect recipes, eat out and shop for clothes, and she was a firm believer in always looking her best.
Memorials may be made to Licking City Cemetery.
Services were held Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Evans Funeral Home with George Peterson and Greg Willert officiating. Pallbearers were Yancey Long, Hec Long, Breckett Long, Glen Parrish, Charley Meador, Michael McClure and Taylor McClure. Honorary pallbearer was Eric Click. Burial was in Licking City Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.