Betty Jo Asbill
Betty Asbill, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2023, at her home in Lubbock, Texas. She was 93-years old.
Betty was born Betty Jo Smith on March 21, 1929 in Post Oak, Texas to parents Melvin Luther and Eva Ruth (Brunson) Smith. She graduated Valedictorian from Chicota High School where she enjoyed playing sports. Betty told a story one time about how “those were the days when girls’ basketball teams were only allowed to play halfcourt”. She went on to attend East Texas State University and Texas Women’s University. Along the way she met and married her husband, Bob Asbill. They lived in Paris, Lubbock, Dallas and Carrolton, Texas. Betty was a long-time member of Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock.
Betty loved her family and friends and was known for always being there for her loved ones in their best and worst of times. She loved playing bridge, and was well known for her gift of sewing, needlepoint, and quilting. She made a point to make sure her grandchildren and great grandchildren all had custom blankets, quilts, and Christmas stockings. Betty enjoyed fishing, she loved to travel (especially to her favorite spots in Colorado and Mexico), and she especially loved flowers….wild flowers to be exact. She might most be remembered by her grandchildren for her ability to make some of the most delectable desserts.
Betty was consistently cool, calm, and collected, made sure her hair and nails were always done, and was steadfast in her faith in God. She was an example for all. What most don’t realize, Betty lived true to these characteristics through being raised by grandparents due to losing her mother at 6-months old, the Great Depression, WWII, raising a newborn daughter by herself for the first 8-months while her husband was away for the Korean War, multiple pandemics, other economic downturns, losing her husband of over 50-years, living on her own for the past 20+ years, and any other curveball life could throw at someone. She truly was the epitome of the Greatest Generation.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Priscilla (Asbill) Ross of Lubbock, grandchildren Ashley (Ross) Roark and her husband Sam of Lubbock, Jeffrey Ross and his wife Betsy of Granbury, and her five great grandchildren: Emily and Jack Roark, and Lily, Judd, and Hana Ross. Betty will be truly missed by all that were blessed to have her in their lives.
The family will receive guests for visitation on Monday, February 13, 2023 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at Southcrest Baptist Church with a service to follow celebrating her life at 2:00 pm. Betty will be laid to rest with her husband Bob at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a kind donation can be made to: South Plains Food Bank