Betty Lou Whitley, of Mexia, passed away at home on Monday, May 6, 2019, at age 73.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 8, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ronnie Dabney officiating. Burial will follow in Fort Parker Memorial Park, Groesbeck.
Pallbearers will be Dale Wood, Chris Parson, Bryan Parson, Wesley Hughes, Dustin Clark, Aiden Molina, and Thomas Dycus.
Betty Lou was born in Groesbeck on July 18, 1945 to James Allen Eakins and Minnie Catherine Murdock Eakins, and grew up and attended school in Groesbeck.
Betty Lou was united in marriage with Olen Ray Whitley on July 2, 1971 and he moved her to his hometown of Mexia where they lived the rest of their lives.
She worked over 30 years as a CNA at Haven Nursing Home in Mexia until retiring in 2009. She took her job seriously and took pride in her work and enjoyed the patients. She was in the initial round of trainees when the state began requiring the certificate program for nurse’s aides. She was a mentor to many who worked with her and inspired them to a career in nursing.
She was a selfless lady who took on the care and raising of nieces and nephews even before her own children were born. After work she was taking care of and spoiling her husband, cooking meals for he and the children and the other children who came home with her children. She not only took care of the kids, she was very playful, right out there in the backyard with their Frisbee and other games. Although the kids called her Nana, she was also dubbed “hot-rod Nana” due to rushing them to school. She held a super special place in her heart for the grandboys, A. J. and Aiden, and was close by, for them, all their lives.
Betty Lou was a member of South McKinney Baptist Church. After she retired, she took care of Olen and spent time with him everyday in the Nursing Home. She was the “glue” that held the Whitley family together, always ready to help with what anyone needed, whether taking care of the sick or just providing a ride.
Betty Lou was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Lance Ray Whitley; sister, Mary Eakins; sister, Linda Joan Eakins; brother and sister-in-law, George “Washie” and Nina Faye Eakins; and brother Buddy Eakins; and her husband, Olen Ray Whitley.
She is survived by her son, Shannon Whitley of Mexia; daughter, Holly Molina and her fiancé, Dustin Clark of Mexia; grandchildren, A.J. Molina and Aiden Molina of Mexia, Benjamin Whitley of Mexia, Kingslee Clark of Arlington, and Conner Clark of Burleson; sister and brother-in-law, Rita and J.B. Jenkins of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Mary Helen Eakins of Groesbeck; former but forever close son-in-law, Freddy Molina. Also, those nieces who spent the most time with her, Jo Ann Eakins, Jennifer Davis, Brady Weinmann, and Sarah Carpenter, and many other nieces and nephews, who all held a special place in her heart.
The family wishes to thank Virginia's Hospice of Teague for their care and comfort during the past three weeks.