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Betty Allen

March 31, 1937 - March 6, 2020

Betty June Griffin Allen, 82, passed away Saturday, March 6, 2020 at home in Eufaula surrounded by her family and beloved pets.

She was born to the late Henry Griffin and Pauline Myers Griffin on Wednesday, March 31, 1937 in Checotah, Oklahoma. She graduated from Onapa High School in 1955.

She is survived by her three daughters, Benita Corley Wallace (Michael), Beverly Corley Swadley (Steve) and Dalene Corley Daniels (Larry). She has five grandchildren, Brandon Pearce, Rebecca Pearce Goodale (Terry), Sydney Wallace Fancher (Joseph), Coleman Wallace, Drew Swadley (Keana), seven great-grandchildren, two sisters, Bernice Kirby and Doris Walker, one brother, Bill Griffin, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Imogene Hammonds and Shirley Martinez, her brothers Donald Griffin and Henry Gerald (Butch) Griffin, and her loving companion of 20-plus years, whom she has missed dearly, Earl Downs.

She loved playing sports and was a talented basketball player at Onapa High School and continued with independent women’s basketball for many years after high school. Between basketball seasons, she played softball where she excelled as a left-handed pitcher. She had an extensive collection of MVP and first place trophies. When she was no longer able to play basketball and softball, she took up competitive bowling, at which she also excelled.

She loved taking care of her home and family. She was an avid gardener and had a green thumb that was envied by many. Her home was always filled with the sound of country and gospel music, which she loved to sing along to. Her family will always remember her beautiful voice and the songs she loved.

She accepted the Lord as her savior at an early age at Onapa Baptist Church. Growing up, she and her seven brothers and sisters spent summers picking cotton in Missouri and playing sports during the school year.

She loved to fish and spent many memorable hours over the years on the fishing banks with her favorite fishing buddy, her father Henry (Poppy).

She loved animals and cherished many pets over the years. We are sure there was a huge reunion at the Rainbow Bridge.

She loved her family and will be greatly missed by all of them. The family is grateful that she was able to be cared for at home by her daughter, Beverly Swadley, during her extended illness. We would all like to express gratitude to Lori Ebert and Tiffany Quentin, her caregivers, as well as the many caregivers at Hometown Hospice.

Services celebrating the life of Betty were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Garrett’s Serenity Chapel with Reverend Richard Ford officiating.

Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery under the personal direction of John Garrett.

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The family of Betty June Allen entrusted her care, services and cremation to John & Kim Garrett and the dedicated staff of Garrett Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service 311 SW 2nd Checotah, OK 74426 (918) 473-2244.

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