Bettie Lorraine Flores was loved by all who knew her. She was born on February 7, 1946 to Walter and Inez Wright in Mobile, Alabama. On April 30, 2023, she was called to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Preceding her in death were her parents; sister, Patricia Ann Taylor; brother, Jack Wright; and brother-in-law, Roy Buckley.
Survivors include sister, Fonda Sue Buckley; brother, Mark Wright and sister-in-law Rosie, and brother-in-law, Roy “Spud” Taylor; her children, Manuel Ray Flores and wife Tesha, Tina Madrigal and husband Steve, Yolanda Greene and husband Brad, Thomas Flores and wife Crystal, Stephanie Flores, Sonia Flores, Sylvia Martinez, Rosemary Navarro and husband Alejandro. Bettie is also survived by ALL of her favorite grandchildren, great grandchildren, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and her loving dog Baby.
At a young age, Bettie’s family moved to Port Arthur, Texas where she graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School. Shortly after graduating, Bettie married and lived with her first husband and their four children in Calvert, Dallas and Houston, TX. After her divorce, Bettie remarried in Balch Springs to her second husband and his four daughters. Now, after being divorced a second time, Bettie and her eight children have remained a family regardless of her marital status.
Bettie was a hard worker and was proud of her work accomplishments. She worked approximately 25 years at Lucent Technologies in Mesquite, TX. After Lucent, she was also the business owner of a trucking company for over 10 years. Before fully retiring, she worked at Texas Discovery Garden at Fair Park in Dallas, TX. She made life-long friends at every job she had.
Bettie LOVED being with her family and friends, traveling, dancing, and being outside whether it was gardening, mowing or being at her property feeding the fish in her pond. She really enjoyed having her grandchildren out with her teaching them to fish, drive her riding lawn mower, or build a fire for marshmallows. Her phone was never far away and most everyone she loved was on her daily call list; especially her brother and sisters. She also got joy from cooking and baking for others, for no reason except Bettie’s generosity. Most of her grandchildren were able to bake cakes and make tortillas with her.
Her children and grandchildren remember the important life lessons that she instilled in them. God first, manners, having a good work ethic, respect, love one another as well as others. Bettie never met a stranger and always saw the good in them. If you were her friend, you were family. She immediately lit up any room she entered and made an impact on so many people. She was fiery, but had a joyful presence with her colorful clothes, creative fashion choices, and bubbly but sassy personality that drew people to her. Bettie was the whitest Mexican you ever met. She always lifted others spirits no matter what ups and downs she may have been going through. Thats just how she lived her life.
Bettie’s love for her family can be described as the story of who she was and a collection of all the things she loved. She meant so much to so many and all will miss her dearly. She is held closely in many hearts.
Our family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We thank you for your prayers during this time. Your shared memories, comforting condolences and gestures of love are deeply appreciated. We encourage anyone that wants to post a story and pictures on her Facebook page and or on the New Hope website.
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