Betty Jane Dalrymple went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 17, 2011.
There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 2:00 pm in the Parlor of Park Place Towers, 1300 S. Harrison, Amarillo,Texas. A private graveside service will be held in Waco, Texas, at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
She was born on June 10, 1924 in Otto, Texas to Leonard and Ruby Williams. Betty Jane (or “BJ” as she was known to her grandchildren and legion of friends) was the oldest of four children, and the big sister to John Ed, David and Bill George Williams. She grew up in Waco and graduated from La Vega High School in 1941.
BJ met Guy Dalrymple in May 1942 and before the end of their first date, they decided to marry. They married on August 1, 1942. Theirs was a “war marriage” that was never supposed to last, but they were happily married for 52 years, until Guy went to be with the Lord in 1994. BJ and Guy were a remarkable team, and together they made friends throughout the State through Guy’s position as CEO of Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas and his work with Texas Hospital Association.
BJ and Guy had three sons, Stephen, Chris and Bill, who were their pride and joy, and BJ enjoyed every minute of raising her children and making a home for them. When her sons grew up and married, BJ welcomed each of her daughters-in-law into the family and loved each of them as though they were her own.
As a grandmother, BJ wrote the book on fun. She took the time to know and enjoy all her grandchildren and she was their friend and cheering section until the end of her life. BJ was a force of nature, and was so full of energy and joy that she seemed to be lit from within. Through her charm and gift for friendship, BJ never met a stranger. In addition to her personal warmth and generous spirit, she had the unique ability to make her family and friends feel loved and appreciated.
The family wants to give special thanks to the Staff of Ware Living Center, who gave such loving care to BJ, and also to the Staff of BSA Hospice who helped to ensure that her final days had quality and meaning.
BJ is survived by her children Stephen and Sharon Dalrymple, Dr. Chris and Angela Dalrymple, and Bill and Kenda Dalrymple; her grandchildren, Stephanie and Owen Bybee, Sloane and Tol Ware, Sarah Dalrymple, William Dalrymple, Clayton Dalrymple and Erin Jane Dalrymple; and her great-grandchildren, Owen IV and Joe Bybee. She is also survived by her brothers, Dr. and Mrs. David Williams of Springfield, Illinois, and Dr. and Mrs. Bill George Williams of Waco, Texas, her beloved nieces and nephews, and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial donation in BJ’s honor to the Baptist Community Services Hope Fund, 701 Park Place Ave., Amarillo, Texas 79101.