On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Betty Jo Wallace took her final journey to her heavenly home.
Betty, a lifelong Hugo resident, passed away at Choctaw Memorial Hospital in Hugo, OK with her family by her side. After several years of struggling with Alzheimer’s, she passed at age 85.
Betty was born in Hugo, OK on November 14, 1934, to Lige Alexander and Louise (Clancy) Hammock. Betty and Ed first met in Junior High School. Ed became the love of her life, and they secretly married in McAlester, Oklahoma on April 26, 1953. They kept their marriage a secret from their families until after high school graduation in May.
For the first four years of their young married life they worked in California and Kansas. In California, Betty worked at an Airplane Assembly Plant as a Blue Print Runner. She made her deliveries by bicycle. In Kansas, she worked as a secretary in an accounting firm. Betty and Ed returned to Hugo in 1957, to start their family. In December, 1959, Betty helped Ed to start Wallace Motors. She was the backbone behind the company.
Family was the center of Betty’s life in work and in play. She raised three children, instilling in them a strong faith and work ethic. In addition to her family, she loved to garden, both vegetables and beautiful flowers. Betty had a passion for the outdoors, whether it be in her backyard, camping and boating at the lake, or at the cow lot, helping Ed feed the cows. Betty often said, “I am just the gate opener!”
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Ed; a son, Lige Edward (Eddie) Wallace; great-granddaughter, Rori Elaine Milligan; her parents, Lige Alexander and Louise (Clancy) Hammock; her sister, Mary White and husband, Walter.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Lori Hicks and husband, Jack; her son, Brook Wallace and wife, Lisa; six grandchildren: Samantha Copeland and husband, Clark; Erin Hicks-Milligan and fiancé, Bobby Dejoux; Jacyln Rouse and husband Trevor; Jacey Schuler and husband Josh; Jacob Wallace, and Jared Wallace, two great grandchildren: Lexi Copeland and Alexia Rouse, all of Hugo.
Father Steve Austin from Idabel’s St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church will celebrate the Graveside Service of Christian Burial on Monday, April 27th at 10:00 am, in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Betty and Ed were huge community supporters, especially of the Hugo Buffalo Football Program. In Lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Betty are being accepted for continued renovations to the Ed Wallace Field House. Please send donations to Hugo Public Schools, 208 N 2nd, Hugo, OK 74743. Please note, “field house” on checks.
Betty will lie in state in the old Catholic Church, now Mt. Olive Funeral Home at 303 N. 2nd Street in Hugo, where she served the community in service for many years.
Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book or send private condolences to the family at www.praterlampton.com. Services are under the direction of Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Funeral Home.
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