Bettye June Starling
Bettye June (Johnson) Starling passed peacefully into Heaven March 4, 2020, with family at her side. She was born July 11, 1926, to Grover Cleveland Johnson and Lucinda Gertrude (Miller) Johnson in Lincoln County, northeast of Wellston, Okla., on her parents' farm.
Bettye accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age. Her grandfather was a Baptist minister. She graduated from Wellston High School in 1944. After graduation she came to Edmond, Okla., and attended Central State College, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education.
Bettye taught school for only one year at a small school named Oak Grove, south of Carney, Okla., where she taught all eight grades. During this time, she met her love, Elgin Murel Starling, who helped farm the land across the road from the school. They married March 6, 1946, and were married until Elgin's death on Feb. 16, 2015. To this marriage, they had one son, James Murel Starling.
Bettye re-enrolled at Central State College and graduated this time with a degree in Business Administration. She spent the next 30 years working for various insurance agencies and companies in Oklahoma City and Edmond. After that she decided it was time to just be a housewife and full time mother, and enjoy her home, garden, and flowers.
Bettye, Elgin, and James moved to Edmond when James was only six weeks old and lived here ever since. Bettye loved to travel, and she, Elgin, and James vacationed in 42 states during her lifetime.
Bettye is survived by her son, James, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2020, at The First Baptist Church of Edmond under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Edmond. Burial will be 1:30 p.m. at the Carney Cemetery, Carney, Okla.
Published on March 5, 2020

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