Betty J. Hill

Betty J. Hill, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend passed into the arms of her Heavenly Father on Dec. 30, 2019 in Boerne, Texas. She was born on March 6, 1934, in Dustin, Okla., to Arthur P. Bailey and Onema M. Thomas. She spent her childhood in Hanna, Okla. It was there she learned the value of perseverance and hard work, and it was there she learned to love dancing. She was baptized into the Assembly of God Church and carried her faith with her always.

She married William S. Leming in 1950 in Oklahoma, eventually moving to Bakersfield, where she worked as a medical receptionist at Mercy Hospital.

She moved to Ridgecrest in 1970 and worked first at Drummond Medical Group and then at Ridgecrest Medical Group. Never one to sit idle, she began bartending at the Hideaway part-time where she made many friends and even snuck in a dance or two.

Eventually, she went on to enter car sales for various Ridgecrest dealerships where she excelled and was the top sales producer many times.

After retirement she spent time between Ridgecrest and her beloved Oklahoma. She volunteered at the Historic USO Building and at Muskogee Regional Hospital, and danced several times a week in Muskogee, Okla, She eventually settled in Boerne, Texas, to be closer to her daughter Jan.

She is survived by her sons, Mike Leming (Lori), Steve Leming, and daughters Jan Terry (Ray) and Debbie Dysart (Chris); a brother, Bobby Bailey (Barbara); a sister Phyllis Gann, and sister-in-law Anita Bailey; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, forever friends Jodi Huff and Dan Thompson, and many other friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Joyce Landeros; sisters, Jeanie Bailey, Teresa Bailey, Judy Lively and Wanda Kirkendoll; brothers Kenny Bailey, Jackie Bailey and Dan Bailey; and great-grandson Brandon Leming.

Per her wishes, Betty was cremated and her ashes will be buried in Hanna, Okla. A memorial service will be held on January 25, 2020, at 100 a.m. at Desert Christian Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at lbda.org/donate.

— Submitted by the family of Betty Hill

Story First Published: 2020-01-24