BETTY LOU EDWARDS
April 14, 1935 – February 19, 2021
Betty Lou Edwards passed away peacefully in Bakersfield, California on Friday, February 19, 2021 at the age of 85.
Betty was born on April 14, 1935 in Chekotah, OK, to Henry William and Nola Caroline (Emberson) Grider. Her family emigrated to California that same year to seek a better life during the Great Depression and to leave the devastation of the Dust Bowl behind.
Betty’s creative gift for decoration, jewelry design, writing, and fashion is known to everyone who knew her. She had a compassionate and generous heart, and for many of her later years donated her time and creativity to the Assistance League Bakersfield, particularly the Bargain Box and Operation School Bell, which provides children with new clothes for school. She worked for the Kern County Firefighters, IAFF Local 1301, and in real estate sales for Century 21 Minner Realty for many years. She was known for her quick wit, infectious laugh, love of country music, and for bringing the party to the party.
Betty was preceded in death by her father Henry, mother Nola (Armitstead), sister Shirley Ann (Aguirre), brother Robert Ray Grider, and her husband Vernon Lee Edwards. She is survived by her two children Herbert Edward Davis IV, Kevin Dale Engellenner, sister Mary Ellen (Collup), half-sister Leslie J. Roberts, granddaughter Selina Lynne, grandchildren Jeffrey Edward and Gregory Neil, several great-grandchildren, nieces. Nephews, cousins and their best friend, Judy Thomas.
Betty’s wish for the afterlife was to donate her body to medical research that she was doing. It lives in our hearts and hopefully lives on in future people and places that are unknown. In lieu of funeral services or flowers, donations can be made to the Bakersfield Assistance League Bargain Box or a charity of your choice. Betty didn’t want for herself but for those in need.
Posted in Bakersfield Californian on March 19, 2021.