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Appreciation: Betty Wolford

Betty Wolford, a member of the Western Hills Church of Christ in Lawton, Okla., recently stepped down from active Bible class teaching after 72 years of continuous service. She is 86 years old and started teaching seventh and eighth graders at the age of 14. Western Hills has considered her the “iron man” of their teaching pool for many years.  

Up to her “retirement,” she was a very effective teacher to all learning styles. She was always reliable and known for her firm-but-loving style to her first- and second-grade class. She was also known for using old-style filmstrips to tell her Bible stories, as effective as today’s technology. 

In her early days, Betty founded Kae Dee Day Care Center, built it herself as a single mother, and raised two daughters by caring for thousands of kids over the years. Her kids are known as “Miss Betty’s Kids,” and with that reputation, she has touched and influenced many children outside the church walls. Her regular day care kids are known for coming to the Western Hills congregation and reciting numerous Christmastime scriptures by memory to our entire assembly.  

Betty was athletically active in numerous sports throughout her life, playing on church-league softball teams even into her sixties. She was a very competitive, good athlete. 

Betty’s daughter and son-in-law now run Kae Dee Day Care, but Betty is still active and teaching there. Betty Wolford’s life is a prime example of faithful service to the Lord. 

The Western Hills congregation will miss her in their classrooms but will continue to see her impact for years to come.

Filed under: Features Obituaries

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