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Betty J. Lehr

July 2, 1939 August 23, 2021
Betty J. Lehr
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Obituary for Betty J. Lehr

Betty June Lehr, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, teacher and friend to many went to her heavenly home on Monday, August 23, 2021, at the age of 82.
Betty was born July 2, 1939, in Princeton, Missouri to the parents of C.E. and Lois Hammond. Betty grew up on the family farm in near Princeton where her father raised cattle. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1957 and attended Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College in Kirksville where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education in the spring of 1959. She is a lifetime member of the Delta Sigma chapter of Delta Zeta.
Betty married Robert “Bob” McGee Lehr on February 7, 1959, in Kirksville, Missouri and to this marriage four children were born, Jay, Jana, Dena and Tara. Betty supported Bob in his Air Force career along with raising their four children until they arrived at their final base in Altus, Oklahoma.
Betty worked for Altus Public Schools for 29 years retiring in 2007. The first 14 years were spent as a physical education teacher at Altus Junior High, Eugene Field, Wilson and Washington Elementary School. In May 1984 she earned her master’s degree in Counseling from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She spent the remaining of her career as a counselor at Altus Junior High, Altus Alternative School with the last three being at Altus High School. She also served as the co-director of the Altus Night Alternative Schools for 10 ½ years and worked for the Altus Adult Education program as the Testing Administrator for six years. Betty was a proud member of the Altus Education Association and Oklahoma Education Association where she served on the legislative committee for five years, the Constitution Committee for three years and NE-AEA representative to the National Convention for 2 years.
Betty was a member of the First Baptist Church in Altus where she was a faithful prayer warrior for the Prayer Ministry, Awana leader and 5th grade Sunday School teacher for many years. Betty loved telling everyone about the Lord, loved teaching, loved her family and often referred to her grandchildren as the joy of her life. Her motto was “it only takes a spark to get a fire going” and she hoped she has been a spark to many by the way she lived her life.
Betty was proceeded in death by her husband, parents and two siblings, Jim Hammond and Barbara Stolte. She is survived by son Jay Lehr and wife Nancy of Lawton, Oklahoma, daughter Jana Haynie of Texarkana, Texas, daughter Dena Daniel and husband Curtis of Altus, Oklahoma, daughter Tara Hurley and husband Rob of Lebanon, Illinois, grandchildren Cody Haynie, Brittany (Doug) Baluh, Shelby Daniel, Caitlin Haynie, Kelsey Lehr, Haley (Heath) Jackson, Cole Lehr, Jason Hurley and Blake Hurley, and great-grandchildren Lane Jackson, Brexley Suniga, Eleanor Baluh and Parker Jackson.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.



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Visitation

Wednesday

25

Aug

3:00 PM 8/25/2021 3:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 8/25/2021 9:00:00 PM
Lowell Tims Funeral Home & Crematory

1100 E Tamarack Rd
Altus, OK 73521

Lowell Tims Funeral Home & Crematory
1100 E Tamarack Rd Altus 73521 OK
United States

Funeral Service

Thursday

26

Aug

10:00 AM 8/26/2021 10:00:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Altus

300 North Main Street
Altus, OK 73521

First Baptist Church of Altus
300 North Main Street Altus 73521 OK
United States

Graveside

Thursday

26

Aug

1:00 PM 8/26/2021 1:00:00 PM
Fort Sill National Cemetery

2648 NE Jake Dunn Rd.
Elgin, OK 73551

Fort Sill National Cemetery
2648 NE Jake Dunn Rd. Elgin 73551 OK
United States

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Fort Sill National Cemetery Final Resting Place

2505 Pawnee Avenue
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Altus, OK 73521

2505 Pawnee Avenue Altus 73521 OK
United States
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