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Helen Elizabeth "Betty" Hawk Townley

Helen Elizabeth "Betty" Hawk Townley, age 106, passed away on November 1, 2013, in Cottonwood, Arizona after a long and loving life in service to family and friends.
Betty was born to Charles Clarence Hawk and Lilly Pearl Black Hawk in Shawnee, Oklahoma Territory, September 27, 1907. 

She graduated from Shawnee High School. She later attended Oklahoma Baptist University. Betty majored in home economics, a discipline that she practiced for more than 90 years.

On June 29, 1929, she married Max Henry Townley in Shawnee, Oklahoma, in the same room in which she was born. The young couple lived in several small Oklahoma oil towns before settling in Oklahoma City in 1938. Their lives revolved around church, family and friends. She loved interior design and the latest fashions. After several moves for business to Texas and California, they retired to the Verde Valley to be close to their children.

Betty's life was marked by her joy in people, her love of music and her strong and abiding faith in Christ. She greatly enjoyed traveling and was especially fond of the annual summer trips to California and living in several, "Townley Teepees." There she built cherished memories for several generations of family and friends. Betty and Max raised three successful children. Betty offered advice on affairs of the heart throughout her life when asked. She is remembered with great affection by all. She was our "Rose in Bloom."

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Max, her parents, Charles Clarence and Lilly Pearl Hawk, brothers, Clarence Charles Hawk and Thomas Lafayette Hawk,her sister, Harriette Regina (Hawk) Ellis, her son, John Mark Townley, Sr., her granddaughter, Barbara Elizabeth (Townley) Codega and great-grandsons, Ryan Delmar Bauers and Royce Herbert Morgan.

She is survived by her daughter Ann Elizabeth (Townley) Everett, Camp Verde, Arizona, son Charles Thomas Townley, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and by her grandchildren Cynthia (Townley) Ewer, Richland, Washington, John Mark Townley Jr., Reno, Nevada, Maryssa Ann Morgan, Camp Verde, Arizona, Royce Townley Morgan, Wasilla, Alaska, Phillip Harvey Morgan, Anchorage, Alaska and Peggy Ann (Morgan) Boswell, Wasilla, Alaska .

Also, Betty is survived by her great-grandchildren Brigantia Nivatugena, Overton, Nevada, Ryan Swain, Dayton, Nevada, Derek Codega, Reno, Nevada, Melinda "Mindy Beth" (Codega) Amundsen, Las Vegas, Nevada, Collin Codega, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Marc Codega , Rancho Cucamonga, California, Matthew Boswell, Seattle, Washington and Katelyn Elizabeth Boswell. She is also survived by great-great-grandchildren, Brenyn and Euan Swain of Dayton, Nevada. 

Her "daughters in love" include Kaye (Thompson) Williams, Redwood City, California, Carrie (Miller) Porter, Rancho Cucamonga, California, Erin Bannahan, Reno, Nevada, April (Hess) Townley, Reno, Nevada, and Joyce Nissley, Bainbridge, Pennsylvania.

Betty's Family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dee Remington and the staff at Gracious Granny' s Assisted Living and the Verde Valley Community Hospice for the outstanding care and support during Betty's final days.

Viewing Hours for friends and family will be Friday, November 8, 2013, 5pm to 7pm at Bueler Funeral Home in Cottonwood, Arizona. The address is 255 S. Sixth Street.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, on November 9, 2013, at Verde Baptist Church Chapel in Cottonwood, Arizona. The address is 104 S. Willard. Pastor Robb Williams, of Verde Baptist Church will officiate. 

Interment service at Cottonwood Cemetery, immediately following the funeral service at Verde Baptist Church and members will host a luncheon following the burial, at the fellowship hall at Verde Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to Verde Valley Community Hospice, 859 Cove Parkway, Ste. 103, Cottonwood, Arizona, 86326, or to Verde Baptist Church, 104 S. Willard, Cottonwood, Arizona , 86326.

3 Comments to Helen Elizabeth "Betty" Hawk Townley:

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Sally Lerette on Thursday, November 07, 2013 10:29 AM
Dear Ann, I rejoice for your Mother that she is with our Lord now. I remember meeting her about a year ago when you brought her over to Prescott to our Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon. What a delight to meet her and to see you, Ann after all these years. God bless you and your family. Sally Lerette
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Karen Schlotfeld on Thursday, November 07, 2013 7:34 PM
Hi Ann, I was blessed to open an account, at Valley National Bank, for Betty and enjoyed helping her when ever she came in needing assistance. I was always the one being blessed. Her smile and joy radiated from her I don't ever remember seeing her upset or mad. I so enjoyed our times as we always brought the Lord into our conversations, she truly followed God's Word, the older women teaching the younger ones, and I got to be one of her younger women. The last time I saw Betty was in July, when my husband and I were looking for an asst. living for his mom, and we looked into Grannies and Betty was there. I went over to her and introduced myself and said you probly don't remember me and she looked at me and said honey I would never forget you. It was so good to see her, how I look forward to spending eternity with her. Betty was a very special lady great are her rewards. Till we meet again, Karen
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Rochelle Mezzano on Monday, November 11, 2013 7:57 PM
I regret I could not attend the services and visit and support family in the time of sorrow. I am blessed to have known a woman so loving and wise. A true inspiration!
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