Betty Lee Lawrence

Betty Lee Lawrence


Betty Lee Lawrence, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother left peacefully surrounded by family on March 13, 2021. Through her hard-fought battle with dementia, she never lost her gentle spirit or deep love of music. Betty was born December 11, 1927 to Ernest and Velma Hearn who instilled in her a strong devotion to family and lifelong joy of music. She grew up in south Oklahoma City where she attended Columbus, Jackson and Capitol Hill High School. Betty was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority while attending Oklahoma City University. After graduating with degrees in music and education at age 20, she returned to OKC public schools as a teacher.

Her adventurous spirit took her on a bicycle tour through post-WWII Europe and inspired her to take a job teaching children of the US military in Linz, Austria. After several years teaching, skiing the Alps, and touring Europe, she returned to Oklahoma where she met and married the love of her life, William “Bill” Lawrence. They shared 46 treasured years together dancing, traveling and raising their four children.

She filled their home with love and “The Sound of Music” with her piano, violin and beautiful singing voice. Betty was a longtime member of Canterbury Voices and shared her musical talents with the Church of the Servant United Methodist Church orchestra and choir for over 35 years.

In addition to teaching, Betty advocated for children as a social worker for DHS and Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. A long-time resident of Bethany, she was often found at the library and the Westside YMCA aerobic dance class. She also enjoyed ballroom dancing, traveling, socializing, reading, researching genealogy, spending time with family and exploring nature. Although dementia robbed her of her memories, she will always be remembered by those who knew her for her sweet disposition, passion for music, love of nature, devotion to family and zest for life.

Betty was proceeded in death by her loving husband, Bill Lawrence, her parents Ernest and Velma Hearn, and brother Earl Hearn. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Linda Pulliam (Luther), William Lawrence (Nola), Lisa Clark (Brian), Steve Lawrence (Rae Anne); seven grandchildren: Jennifer Snyder (Aaron), Anna Lawrence, Taylor Wilson (Wade), Trevor Clark, Austin Clark, Connor Lawrence and William Lawrence; and four great-grandchildren: Kasen & Kally Wilson, William & John Snyder. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Stephen Lawrence and his wife Violet. Due to the pandemic, a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting music programs of your choice.

15 thoughts on “Betty Lee Lawrence”

  1. Sue Putman

    I loved Betty. What a sweet spirit she was. I supervised her at DHS and she brought so much cheer and calm to our office. Condolences to all the family.

    1. Linda Jean Pulliam

      Thank you for your kind words.
      Sincerely, Linda Pulliam (Lawrence) daughter.

    2. Lisa Clark

      My mother was so blessed to work with you and the other sweet ladies at DHS who still remember her fondly. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Linda Suchak

    Betty was one of the sweetest persons I ever knew! I had the privilege of being her supervisor at Dhs child care licensing. She truly cared about children away from their homes while their parents were at work. She leaves a great legacy in her work!

    1. Linda Pulliam (Lawrence) daughter

      Thank you so much. Your kind words are appreciated by her family.

    2. Lisa Clark, daughter

      What a beautiful legacy to have touched the lives of children and be remembered so sweetly. Thank you, Ms. Suchak.

  3. Dee Ann (Heath) Nelson

    Betty and I worked together in DHS Child Care Licensing. She was such a sweet soul and always a pleasure to be with. I know that she will be missed.

    1. Linda Pulliam (Lawrence) daughter

      Thank you for your kind words. I am enjoying the wonderful posts from my Mom’s friends and coworkers.

    2. Linda Jean Pulliam

      Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate hearing from you.
      Sincerely, Linda Pulliam (Lawrence) daughter.

    3. Lisa Clark, daughter

      Yes, she will be deeply missed! It’s a comfort to know that she lives on in the sweet memories of those who knew her. Thank you for sharing your fond remembrance!

  4. I had the privilege of working with Betty at The Department of Human Services. Betty always had a sweet, kind soul. I have thought of her fondly through out the years.
    To her family: please accept my deepest condolences and prayers. Betty will not be forgotten by those lucky enough to have known her.

    1. Linda Jean Pulliam (daughter)

      Thank you for the kind words. They mean a lot to her family.

    2. Linda Jean Pulliam (daughter)

      Thank you for the kind words. They mean a lot to her family.

    3. Lisa Clark, daughter

      How wonderful to be remembered so sweetly through the years! Thank you for your condolences and prayers. It’s comforting to know that she will not be forgotten. Thank you!

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