Bettie T. Durham, 91, of Orange, Texas, passed away on February 8, 2019, in Vidor, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 15, 2019, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Jeff Bell. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn in West Orange, Texas.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 14, 2019, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on November 8, 1927, she was the daughter of Carl Christian Tranberg and Winnie Elizabeth (Chessher) Tranberg. Bettie attended Port Arthur College where she met her husband, Dean Durham, and they later married on August 31, 1947. She enjoyed her years as a homemaker and then later working at First Christian Church and the Dispute Resolution Center. Bettie was a member of the Pilot Club and a former member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She enjoyed taking care of her rose bushes, but most of all she loved taking care of her family. Bettie was a devoted wife and mother, and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dean M. Durham; her parents, Carl and Winnie Tranberg; her brother, Nick Wilkins, and her sons-in-law, Lindsey Slaten and Keith Van Winkle.
She is survived by her children, Karen Jean Van Winkle of Orange, Danna Beth Durham of Orange, Paul David Durham of Orange, and Carl Dean Durham of Lufkin; her grandchildren, Jennifer Durham, Marshall Van Winkle, Bethany Slaten, Aaron Jones, Dean Durham, Susan Durham, Lindsey Slaten, Elliot Slaten, and Jessie Mae Madera; and her great-grandchildren, Addisynn Gillum and Makynnzie Creel.
Serving as pallbearers will be Paul Durham, Marshall Van Winkle, Aaron Jones, David Short, Daniel Creel, and Dylan McGuire.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorial-giving.html or PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 7312.