Betty Denison of Deport

bettydenisonBetty Jo Guest Denison was born September 29, 1927 to Druary and Ruby Weatherford Guest of the Mosely Community in Red River County at the home of her grandmother Mrs. Texas Guest, a pioneer family of Red River County. She passed away on April 26, 2015 at The Home Place in Paris, Texas after a courageous battle with cancer.

Betty attended school in Fulbright and then Deport High School.  She married Robert Carlys Denison July 1, 1944 in First Methodist Church of Columbus, Kansas.  They had one son, John Robert.

Betty was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Deport where she taught Sunday School, served on Social and Benevolence committees and was active in the Presbyterian Women’s organization.  She was also a member of the O’Moore Literary Club in Deport.  Betty worked tirelessly in Deport School organizations, serving in all offices of the PTA, including President.  She loved every minute of organizing and decorating for Halloween Carnivals, class parties, and fundraising events.

Betty worked for Allied Furnace Company in Joplin, Missouri, while Carlys was serving in the U.S. Army at Camp Crowder. Upon his deployment overseas, Betty returned home to devote her life to being a homemaker and caregiver.  She stated that she was ”so blessed to take care of my family when they needed me most.”  Betty enjoyed cooking which was her ministry, and working in her yard and flower gardens which was her therapy.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carlys, her brother Jack Guest and her infant brother Jimmy Guest.

Left to cherish her memory are son and daughter-in-law, John and Larann Denison; a grandson Dru and his wife, Kimberly Denison of Meridian, Mississippi; two great-grandsons, Finley and Fletcher Denison; two nieces, Kim Guest of Longview and Susan Taylor of Plano; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Guest of Paris. Also surviving are numerous cousins, including Jacque Amacher of Dallas, and Martha Jayne Guest Anderson of Paris, Becky Edwards of Daingerfield, and Charlotte Lewis of North Richland Hills; her extended Denison family and devoted friend Nicolassa Jasso.

Friends and family are invited to gather at Wood Funeral Home in Deport at 7:00pm Wednesday.  Funeral services will be conducted at The First Presbyterian Church on Thursday at 2:30pm with the Reverend Ed Dotson and Cindy Baker Burnett officiating.  Interment will be in Highland Cemetery in Deport, Texas.


  1. Anthonie Hagood says:

    Betty I will truly. It’s you, you always loved me since I was a little kid living by yall and I will forever cherish the memories in my life.

  2. Carolyn Reigert Rhodes says:

    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, I never had the privilege of meeting her,but I know she must have been a wonderful person because she raised a good and caring son who I am blessed to know along with your wife and son. May God give you strength and peace in the days ahead

  3. Derald Bulls says:

    Dear John, Larann and family,
    While I didn’t know your Mother, it is obvious from her life’s story she was a woman of with a servant’s heart. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way today and for the days ahead. May your memory be filled with wonderful reflections of a life well-lived.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Derald & Lesa Bulls

  4. Edie Leija says:

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of Betty. She was such a good friend to my grandmother, Mini Ruth Loven. I appreciate the time, care, and companionship that she gave her. It’s hard for those left behind, but I believe they are having a really good time catching up right now. With sincere sympathy, Edie Leija.

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