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AMBRISTER, Betty J. (Westbrook)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Betty Jo Ambrister, 89, of Norman, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, January 16, 2010, in Norman. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00A.M., on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at the Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Randy Wade officiating. Betty Jo (Granny) was born on March 12, 1920 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Harry -- Ethel Westbrook.

She was raised in Claremore, Oklahoma and attended the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha. Betty met her husband John Jelks Ambrister in Claremore while he was teaching aviation. They were married on October 16, 1941. Jack was called to war as Major John Jelks Ambrister where he flew B-26 Bombers with the 397th Bombers.

They were known as the Bridge Busters. He was injured when his plane was shot down during a return flight to base and he was sent home to Prague, Oklahoma. Their life together moved them to Lawton, Oklahoma where they raised 2 daughters, Jelks and Brooke. While in Lawton they owned and operated the La Roca Lodge. They returned to Prague, Oklahoma and resided together until Jack's death on January 19, 1977.Betty lived in Prague, Norman and Plano, Texas prior to her death in Norman. She was an avid Sooner Football fan and watched the games on TV, cheering loudly.

She was a member of PEO and the United Methodist Church. The majority of her life, since May 1, 1970, was spent contributing to the life of her granddaughter, Gaye Lynn Sayers. The relationship they shared was one of a kind and many beautiful memories have been made over the years. Anyone who knew Gaye, knew of Granny. Since 2002, Betty lived with Gaye and her husband Steve and 2 great grandsons, Braden Douglas and Gannon William and the bond she formed with ""her"" boys was a true blessing.

The thrill of being a grandmother, however, pales next to the ecstasy of being a great grandmother.---Beatrice L. Cole During the past year, Betty was cared for by her family and the help of numerous caregivers and nurses with Lifecare Oklahoma Personal Services and Hospice. Thank you for your patience, love and support. Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Harry -- Ethel Westbook, her husband, Major John Jelks Ambrister, a daughter, Jelks Truesdell, a brother, Wilton Westbrook, a sister, Wilma June Gill and her sister- in- law, Margaret (Polly) Ford.She is survived by a daughter, Brooke Roberts, granddaughter, Gaye and husband, Steve Sayers, grandson, Robert Truesdell, great grandsons, Braden -- Gannon Sayers, sister, Joline and her husband, Ralph Rego of Dallas, Kathleen Carey, Maureen Marshall, Tom Carey and families, Thanya Lee and husband General Tony L. Corwin and family. Submitted by family.