Betty Jo McCullough, 79, passed away in Sheridan, Wyo., on Feb. 20, 2011. She was born Betty Jo Parker on April 10, 1931, to Ethel and John Parker in Heavener, Okla. She grew up in Poteau, Okla., graduating from high school in 1949. She spent the happiest years of her life married to James E. (Jim) McCullough. She married Jim in Gallup, on May 3, 1965.
Jimâ€™s work in the coal industry took them to Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Betty took care of the home and family as they moved and lived in many communities, touching many lives. They eventually settled in Sheridan, Wyo. Betty worked various jobs in the community before taking a job as head cook at Highland Park Elementary School.
She raised six children and followed daughters, Tracy Will and Donna McCullough, around Wyoming for many years of high school basketball, swimming, volleyball and track and field. She immensely enjoyed watching her grandchildren play softball, soccer and football. She retired from Highland in May 1989 and traveled the country with her two best friends, Jim and Cheyenne, their beloved German Shepherd, visiting every state in the union except New Jersey.
Betty spent many wonder ful summers picnicking in Story, jet boating on Lake DeSmet and Tongue River Reservoir and sipping a cold coke on her back patio, listening to her wind chimes. She also enjoyed watching birds at the feeders in her yard. She loved volunteering with friends at the Catholic Thrift Store in Sheridan. In the fall, she and Jim collected fire wood in the Bighorns to burn in their stove on long winter nights while watching Oklahoma football. And while she hated the cold, she still enjoyed snowmobiling in the mountains with family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, John, Chuck, and Billy Ray. She leaves her husband, Jim; daughters: Donna McCullough and Wyeth Friday of Billings, Mont., Mary and Tom Patterson, of Lincolnton, N.C., and Tracy and John Will of Sheridan, Wyo.; sons: David and Anne Robinson, of Acworth, Ga., Mark McCullough, of Sheridan, Wyo., and James and Michelle McCullough, of Jacksonville, Fla.
She also leaves numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., at Kane Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, with Pastor Doug Melius officiating. A reception will follow at Kane Funeral Home. Memorials may be made in her name to the charity or organization of the donorâ€™s choice. Betty was a remarkable woman and will be dearly missed. Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.