Betty was born March 24, 1938, with a country home delivery to Rudolph and Minnie Klaevemann. She was baptized June 19, 1938 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, confirmed June 01, 1952. She was a life long Lutheran. Betty was raised on a cotton farm, where she learned the value of hard work, the joy of gardening, cooking, baking and sewing. Betty only spoke German until she started school in Orange Grove, Texas. She graduated from Orange Grove High School. Betty was an excellent dancer; she married her favorite dance partner, Johnnie Heinen on June 7, 1958 in a beautiful wedding in Orange Grove, Texas. Shortly after they were married, the newlyweds moved to Three Rivers, Texas where Betty would live the rest of her life. Betty was blessed with three children, Sandra, David and Hope. Betty loved being a wife and mother. She enjoyed being active and involved. She taught Sunday School and VBS, was 4-H leader, sponsor on many of her children’s activities. active in the Home Demonstration Club, Lions Club and the Windmill Emmaus group. She loved the joy and spirit of the Emmaus family. She was an excellent cook and seamstress. After her children were in school, Betty worked outside the home as a bookkeeper/ secretary for their business of Heinen Texaco, She worked for 15 years for Dr. Carotyn Adlof. She also worked for Merrell Lease Service, the City of Three Rivers and the Municipal Court with the Three Rivers Police Department. Betty was heart broken after Johnnie passed away from lung cancer the year they would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. She always worked hard at having a positive attitude and being upbeat. She said that God gave her a second chance to be happy when she reconnected with Roy Bertram. She and Roy were married at Tips Park July 10,1999. She and Roy had ten happy years together, filled with many dances, especially to Betty’s favorite artist, Chris Rybak. Betty enjoyed camping with friends, garage sales, swimming, gardening, family time and her many dogs. Betty was preceded in death by her son, David, her first husband Johnnie, her parents, Rudy and Minnie Klaevemann, sister in law, Mabel Kotora. She is survived by her children, Sandra Heinen of Corpus Chrisli, Hope (Jim) Driskill of George West, Grandchildren: Karla Jones, Stacie (John) Omundson, Sheryl Driskill, all of Corpus Christi, Texas and John Driskill of George West, Texas, Great Grandson, Sean Omundson and his little brother, who will be born in Oct. Step Daughter: Shawn ( Mike) Mitchell of Lake Jackson, Texas. Step-Grandchildren Janice and Brian Demiter of Lake Jackson, Texas. Sister, Dorothy (Aubrey) Browning of Orange Grover, Texas. She is also survived by her Heinen sister in laws: Jean Buering, Joyce (Vincent) Liska, Dora White, Mary Jane Heinen, Ruby (Jim) Pugh, Helen (Mickey) Goynes. Also numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. James Wilder and staff for their excellent care, Dr. Kimberly Stewart, Exclusive Home Health and Hospice Services with special thanks to Mary Nell Redding, CNA for her love, kindness and compassion to Betty.
The funeral was Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 at Our Savior Lutheran Church Hwy 72, Three Rivers, Texas at 3:00 p.m. Interment followed at Ray Point Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mineral Children’s Home.
Services entrusted to Roberson Funeral Home in Three Rivers.