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Betty L  (Carlile) Dennis

ALTUS  Betty L. (Carlile) Dennis, longtime resident of Blair, passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at the age of 87 from a long battle with Alzheimer's at an Altus care center.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Blair, with Pastor Doug Altom officiating.  Interment will follow at Blair Cemetery, just west of Blair, under direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home and Crematory, Altus.

Betty was born Dec. 4, 1929, to Tom and Jessie (Bishop) Carlile in Sayre. She was the oldest of her eight siblings. Betty married Orville Coffey on June 5, 1949, and to this union four children were born: Tommy, Donna, Mary, and Carol. She worked several odd jobs outside of the home throughout the years but her main job was taking care of her family. She later married James Elery Dennis on April 4, 1974, in Vernon, Texas, and they enjoyed over 23 years of marriage until Elery's death on June 16, 1997. 

Preceded in death by her parents; her son, Tommy; two brothers, four sisters, a great-granddaughter, Betty is survived by her three daughters: Donna Cowart and husband Jay of Altus, Mary Burkham and husband Alan of Blair, and Carol Tallman and husband Rusty of Ohio; one sister, Darlene Roles of Elk City; grandchildren: Greg, Joe, Billy, Codi, Joshua, Andrea, Cori, Willy, Barrett, Heather, Clay, Deanna, Windy, Britney, and Beau; numerous great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews, other family members, and friends.

The family will greet friends at visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to Jackson County Memorial Hospice, P.O. BOX 1139, Altus 73522, or (580) 379-6900 or to the charity of your choice in honor of Betty Dennis.

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