Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Schooler Funeral Home Brentwood Chapel, 4100 S. Georgia St., with Rev. Kevin Deckard, associate pastor of Polk Street United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.
Betty was born March 9, 1923, on the family farm, southwest of Altus, Jackson County, Okla., the youngest daughter of pioneer parents James Odus and Esther Palestine Dickson McCormick.
She graduated from Porter High School, where she participated in music and drama activities and was valedictorian of her eighth- and 12th-grade classes. She attended Altus Junior College on a scholastic scholarship. She was a member of the college vocal trio and quartet and served as college accompanist. She was awarded full membership in the Alpha Chapter of the Kappa Theta Fraternity for both years, as well as earning letters in music and drama.
She transferred to Southwestern Institute of Technology, now known as Southwestern State University, at Weatherford, Okla., where in January 1944, she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in education, majoring in public school music with minors in history, social studies and elementary education.
She was a member of the National Honor Society, the college instrumental trio, performed in numerous piano recitals, served as pianist for her dormitory and used this talent to entertain the U.S. Air Force Mechanics, who were stationed in Weatherford for training during World War II. She was selected by the college faculty to be listed in the 1944 edition of “Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges.”
In 1946, she moved to Rush Springs, Okla., and joined the high school faculty there. It was here she met her future husband, Norbert Luis St. Dizier Jr. They were married Aug. 23, 1947, in First United Methodist Church in Altus. After their marriage, they resided in Rush Springs, where she continued to teach and her husband continued his career with the Rock Island Railroad. In 1956, they moved to Amarillo, where they spent the remainder of their lives.
In November 1958, Betty began working for Sears, Roebuck and Co. as a part-time employee, later becoming full-time. She worked in various sales positions and in personnel until April 1973, when she retired.
Betty accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour at age 11 and became a member of Methodist Episcopal Church at Porter High, a branch of the church of Elmer, Okla. She was an active member of the church for many years, participating as a member of the choir and at one time a choir director. Upon moving to Amarillo, she transferred her membership to St. Paul Methodist Church. She has been a member of Polk Street United Methodist Church since 1967.
In 1978, she became interested in genealogy, and she and her husband became members of the Amarillo Genealogical Society. They were in the first group from the society to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, to do research at the Library of the Latter-day Saints. She continued her research until she lost most of her sight. She enjoyed reading, especially political and historical articles and novels.
The family would like to thank Glenda Bouker and Wanda Emerson for their support and the staffs of BSA Hospice and Covenant Care Home for the special care given to Betty these past months.
She was preceded in death by her husband on June 24, 2001; her parents; three sisters, Eunice McCormick, Winnie Kidd and Berthelle Coe; a niece, Mariesta Kidd Obenhaus; and a nephew, Joe Bob Kidd.
Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Lee “Debby” Mullican and husband Lloyd of Amarillo; a sister Gladys O'Neal of Altus; a granddaughter, Stacy Renee Dixon and husband Darrell of Boerne; two grandsons Sean Mullican and wife Jill of Lewisville and Shane Mullican and wife Elizabeth of Henderson, Nev.; three great-grandchildren, Kylee Brooke, Tucker Slade and Braedon Quaid Dixon of Boerne; three nieces, Sherri Knight and husband Alvin of Altus, Marion Cary and husband Roy “Pee Wee” of Duncan, Okla., and Cheryl Gleichmann and husband Albert of Piedmont, Okla.; two nephews, Charley Kidd and wife Angela of Altus and Rodney St. Dizier of Oklahoma City; three great-nephews, Kevin Obenhaus of Oklahoma City, Keith Knight of Perry, Okla., and Scott Cary of Duncan; a great-niece, Melanie Kidd of Altus; and a sister-in-law, Catherine St. Dizier of Oklahoma City.