Betty Ruth Garland was born March 25, 1940 in her Grandmother McCaskey’s house in Verdigris Oklahoma to Charles & Elizabeth (Phillips) McCaskey.
She had two older brothers, Gene & Jimmie Ray. Gene gave her the name Betty Ruth. Later she would gain her only sister, Sue. She used to say she had made Sue of silly putty and Momma and Daddy had let her keep her. She had a fairly ornery sense of humor.
Betty attended grade school at Verdigris where she was on the girls’ basketball team. She was very proud of the trophy’s she and her fellow Cardinals won during those years. For High School she spent her years as a Claremore Zebra.
She worked for many years as a Forman in the finishing department at Unarco Rubber Products. Here she found the love of her life, Francis LaVar Garland. They married in 1979 bringing their children together to form one large family. Betty had 4 daughters and LaVar had 4 sons and the baby of the family another daughter.
Having raised 4 girls and knowing little about raising boys she soon learned valuable lessons. The boys got into trouble with some neighbor kids. They came to the house to take care of business telling Betty that her boys had done this or that. Betty took up for them and ran them off. She soon discovered that chances were good the boys had been doing what they were being accused of, but she stood her ground.
They lived in Tulsa for many years, then bought their home outside Kellyville. They enjoyed creating their country home together. They built a shop with one side full of ceramics and kilns for her and the other a garage work shop for him. Somehow her ceramics spilled over into his shop. Together they poured, fired, and painted ceramics. They built a porch onto the back of the house where many hours have been spent visiting and telling stories and sometimes a little singing. They enjoyed listening to local county bands together and dancing a little.
With 9 kids family gatherings became a bigger deal every year. Independence Day was spent by the pond. Cooking out, eating, and visiting until dark when every attempt was made to blow up the pond. Christmas parties started in the living room of their house in Tulsa. By the time they moved to Kellyville the 9 kids advanced to couples with kids of their own. Betty & LaVar have always worked hard to make sure the Grandchildren and later Great Grandchildren had a good Christmas. They rented the community center and even the old bar to hold everyone. One day a year, everyone who could make it, spent the day together celebrating the family and the Christmas Holiday.
She was a great wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and sister. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband LaVar of the home. Her children: Victoria Randolph and husband Dennis of Kellyville; Joyce Arnold and husband Mike of Tulsa; Darlene Montgomery and husband Terry of Kellyville; Earlene Lawhorn and husband Mark of Claremore; Rustin Garland and wife Jenna of Broken Arrow; Todd Garland of Sand Springs; Shawn Garland and wife Peggy of Anckeny Iowa; Dwayne Garland and wife Karen of Olive; Rebecca LaRue and husband Richard of Hanford, California; She is also survived by her sister Sue Vannoy and husband Robert of Claremore; sister-in-law Margaret McCaskey of Kellyville; many loved Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Great Great Grandchildren, and much adored nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents Charlie & Lizzie McCaskey, her brother Gene McCaskey, and her brother and sister-in-law Jim & Mary McCaskey.
Services will be held 10 am Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S. Main St., Sapulpa, OK. Interment will be at Sunrise Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S. Main St., Sapulpa, OK.
The family would like to invite everyone to dinner after all the services at the Elks Lodge.
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