Betty Roller was born on March 28, 1933, in Channing, Texas to Ambrose Jackson and Allee Lavenia Denman.
Betty spent her early year in Channing before moving to Amarillo. She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1951. She went on to Amarillo College then completed her degree at West Texas State University, Betty played for decades in the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. A. Clyde Roller, who introduced her to his younger brother and fellow musician Dr. Dale A. Roller. There was an instant spark and Betty and Dale married September 7, 1957, in Amarillo, Texas.
In 1984, Betty went on to get her Masters of Music Education as she continued to lead Band and Orchestra at several Amarillo schools. Until recently, the Amarillo High School Marching Band would come to their home annually in preparation for the fair parade and serenade Betty at her home. She is well known for her humor and talent, as well as her gift of pouring into her students. There was seldom a day when Betty was not stopped and hugged by a former student. Over the years, it was more and more difficult to place each student and the school where she taught them but always remembered the face and the instrument they played. In addition, Betty loved the many student teachers who worked alongside her throughout her career. So many of her student teachers have gone on to leadership roles in Band and Orchestra. She has literally touched the lives of thousands of students sharing her love of music, marching band, family, and Jesus.
Betty Roller retired from the Amarillo Independent School District in 1991, after 33 years of service. For her dedication and excellence, Betty was named the Texas Orchestra Director of the year, named to the Amarillo High School Sandie Hall of Fame, and the Distinguished Alumna Award from Amarillo College. She also won the Bob Ashworth award for her service to the Amarillo Public School system. After her retirement, she stayed involved as she and her husband Dale continued to work as the UIL Executive Secretary, Region 1 Music.
Betty is survived by her loving husband, Dale of Amarillo, Texas; their oldest son, Scott Roller of Stuttgart, Germany; and his children Sean Roller and his wife Theresa; Megan Roller and Tim Roller; Betty’s middle son, Kirk Roller of Austin, Texas and his wife, Anne and their children, Beth Roller and Blake Roller; Betty’s youngest son Jeff Roller of Amarillo and his wife, Carol as well as their children, Josh Roller, and Jenna Roller.
The memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at First Christian Church, Amarillo, Texas. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Greater Southwest Music Festival; or to a charity of your choice.