Betty P. Sanford

Betty P. Sanford
August 6, 1938 – May 18, 2019

Betty P. Dennis Sanford, 80, of Bryan, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in her home. Betty Priscilla Dennis was born on August 6, 1938 in Marlow, Oklahoma to farmers Mitchell Lee and Mary Belle Dennis. The youngest of eight, she was spoiled and adored by her family. She attended Central Schools and during her third year, a bratty little boy kept pulling her pigtails, taking every chance at irritating her and trying to get her attention. Perseverance paid off, and by the 11th grade, Hershel Sanford and Betty were a couple. Betty graduated Central High School in 1956 as class Salutatorian. She received many recognitions and awards in homemaking, school plays, and academics, including a scholarship to study Home Economics. But Betty had other ideas. A woman ahead of her time, she wanted to go straight to work. Always meticulous and organized, she set her sights on becoming a bookkeeper. So, she moved to Duncan, Oklahoma, got a bookkeeping job at a car dealership, rented a room, and successfully adjusted to “big city” living. Betty worked steadily at jobs throughout her life; she was employed at College Station ISD, her favorite job, until her passing on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
Meanwhile, the love of her life completed boot camp in the Navy and upon his return, asked her to marry him. Betty and Hershel were married on December 28, 1956 and soon set off to Florida, where Hershel was stationed. Betty immediately found a bookkeeping job and worked steadily until the birth of daughter, Cindy, in January of 1958. After discharge, the little family moved to Texas and welcomed son, Byron, in July of 1960. After raising two college graduates (both educators), Betty and Hershel bought a small ranch in Flynn, Texas, and the two successfully raised Angus cattle. She and Hershel celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2006 and remained married until his death in 2012.
Betty had a passion for butterflies and flowers. She once commented that butterflies were like flying flowers. Betty’s survivors include her children, Cindy and Byron, who were the joys of her life and the greatest loves in life, her grandsons, Jason and Jeremy (both educators) and her great-grandkids, Eisley and Nolan; her daughter-in-love, Rhonda, her granddaughter-in-love, Nicole and son-in-love, Red held very special places in her heart.

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  1. You’ll be greatly missed Miss Betty. Love and prayers to all your lovely family. xxx

  2. I really appreciate getting to know you and feel blessed by getting to work with you. You always had a smile and high integrity. You will be missed by all who crossed your path.

  3. So sorry to hear about Betty’s sudden passing. I remember her commitment to her work. My condolences to her family.

  4. Betty was a remarkable woman. She had a tremendous work ethic, a kind smile, and loved life and people. She was an inspiration and I’m glad I had the opportunity to have crossed paths with her.

  5. I am so sorry to hear of Ms Betty’s passing. She was so kind when I visited her at her desk and always helpful. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Betty was a wonderful lady and one I will truly miss. Children and grandchildren continue the legacy their mothers begin. Your mother has built a strong legacy that I know will continue on.
    Our Deepest Sympathy to the family during this time.

  7. My heart was broken after learning of Ms. Betty’s passing. She was such a warm and beautiful soul who always made sure we kept everything in order at work. I missed ringing the bell on her desk at work (multiple times) and making sure I had the correct color paper for credit cards after I left CSISD. She would always give me smile and a hug. My prayers go out to the family. God Bless and rest in peace. Ms. Betty..

  8. Miss Betty was one of the sweetest people I have ever worked with. It was always a pleasure to visit with her when at the business office. She always had a smile and a kind word to say. She will dearly be missed.

  9. I was privileged to know you while we were employed with College Station ISD. You were a true friend and excellent co-worker. You are blessed to be with Hershel now, but I will truly miss you. My heart is crushed.

  10. I was a manager at Midcap Bearing while Betty was in charge of the books for the store, she was an exremely valuable asset, I will always remember her.
    In Memory.

  11. I am so sorry to hear of Miss Betty’s passing. I always enjoyed getting to see her in her beautiful work area. She decorated for every season and it was so pretty. Most important, though, were the pictures of her family. She was a wonderful woman!

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