Betty Jo Henson, 87, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Welcome Home Adult Foster Care in Medford, Ore. Betty was born May 6, 1927, in Burkburnett, Texas, to Jack and Estill Riley. Her parents later moved to Corona, Calif. where she attended school with her younger sister, Margie. Betty was introduced to a dashing, young soldier, Norman Henson, during her senior year at Corona High School. They married August 8, 1947.
Betty Jo and Norman moved to Central Point in 1950 where Betty was a homemaker, softball player and the baker in the Central Point Elementary School cafeteria while raising three sons with Norman.
Grandma Betty's greatest joy in life was her family. She was at the center of family dinners and celebrations and always willing to provide a beautifully decorated and delicious cake for birthdays and holidays. She shared cookies, brownies and her famous banana bread with grateful family and friends for many years.
Betty also enjoyed gardening, crafting, board and card games, and hunting and fishing trips (she was always the camp cook).
A very important part of Betty's life was her faith and membership in Hope Christian Church in Central Point. She spent many hours in service to the church and her fellow members in a variety of ways. Betty never said no to a request for help. She will be sincerely missed by so many.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, sister, husband Norman, son Mike, grandson, Scott and dearest friend Blanche.
She is survived by her sons: Steve and wife Sheila, and Jim; her granddaughters: Jennifer Scharff and husband Keith, and Katina Ross and husband John; and her grandsons: Travis and wife Kari, Chris and wife Jenn, Norman and wife Kendra, and Derrick. She is the proud great-grandmother of six great-grandchildren: Quincy, Avery, Jayda, Donnie, Sloan and Carter.
A very special thank you to Donna, the owner of Welcome Home, and her angels, Nola, Angie and Kim for their love, kindness and expert care of Betty Jo through the last six months. A heartfelt thank you to Joann and Christie from Hospice for their compassion and care.
A memorial service for Betty Jo is planned for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at Hope Christian Church in Central Point, Ore. Betty will be laid to rest beside her beloved Norman at the Eagle Point National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Hope Christian Church or the American Diabetes Association would be sincerely appreciated.