Betty McGary

betty mcgary

July 2, 1946 ~ January 26, 2022

Born in: Troup, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Betty Mae (Baxter) McGary, 75, of Bryan, Texas passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.  She was born on July 2, 1946, in Troup, Texas, to the late Floyd and Ida Baxter.

While growing up, Betty spent many summers visiting family in the Rio Grande Valley area.  This is where, at the age of 6, while playing jacks in front of the screen door, she first encountered this skinny boy, with one pants leg rolled up it so it wouldn’t get caught in his bicycle chain, that kept running in and out the door, messing up her game.  That skinny boy, Tommy Ray McGary, become her husband on March 2, 1962.  Prior to Tommy’s passing on October 6, 2021, they spent 59-1/2 wonderful years together, enjoying all that life and love had to offer.

Betty retired after a 30-year career with GTE/Verizon.  After retirement, Betty & Tommy traveled extensively throughout the United States.

In addition to her husband Tommy, Betty is preceded in death by her parents: Floyd and Ida Baxter; in-laws: Ollie and Maggie McGary; siblings: Sarah (Bill) Lofton, Emmitt (Margaret) Baxter, Leonard (Alice) Baxter, and Linnie Jean Ready; brother-in-law:  William (Meredith) McGary; sister-in-law:  Marcella (Leroy) Haught; and special niece:  Betty Jean Dunkin.

Betty is survived by her children: Tammy (Vernon) Oehlke, Curtis McGary and Kenneth McGary.  Also surviving are her grandchildren, Brooke Oehlke (fiancé Cort Pennington), Justin (Amber) Oehlke, Cole McGary, Cheyenne McGary, and Hunter McGary; great-grandchildren: Carlie, Kash, Weston and Colton.  Betty is also survived by brother-in-law Olen (Joan) McGary and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty is a member of First Baptist Bryan and former member of Glenn Meadows Baptist Church in San Angelo, Texas.

Betty’s family would like to recognize and thank her closest, dearest friend, Pat Chreene.  Without Pat making her weekly trips from Flower Mound to La Grange to help care for Mom, we would not have been able to have her at home with us during the final days of her illness.  We would also like to recognize everyone at Hospice Brazos Valley, particularly Sara Weishuhn, RN, for the care provided our mother, and the guidance and support provided to our family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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  1. To Tammy, Hunter, Cole and the family – I treasured Betty’s friendship and miss her greatly. She & Tommy were wonderful encouragers & friends for Evan and me. You are in my prayers. Nancy

  2. Tami, Cole and Hunter,
    I’m so sorry for Betty’s passing. I know y’all loved her very much. She is no longer in pain. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Marlene

  3. I have known your mom since our bowling years in the late 60’s and then during our careers at GTE. She was the sweetest funniest lady. We had a lot of fun working together in the Robstown Division. I loved her like a sister. I am sorry to hear of her passing , however I rejoice in the knowledge that she is in Heaven with the lord and her beloved Tommy. Prayers of peace and comfort for you kids and the whole family.

  4. Tammy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I loved your parents like my own. They were all wonderful people. They are all watching down on us now.

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