Betty Lou Cleaver, 89, of Roswell, NM met her Lord and Savior Face to Face on Saturday, March 6, 2019. A viewing will be held from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday, April 8, 2019 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A Celebration of Eternal Life will be held Monday, April 8th at 7:00 PM at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 115 West 11th Street in Roswell. Private interment will follow at a later date at South Park Cemetery.
Betty Lou was known for many things such as her Hawaiian banana nut bread and buying every ear of Olathe corn she could find but she would want to be known most of all for being a born-again child of God.
Betty Lou was born in Kentucky on November 2, 1929 and moved to Roswell in 1941. Her mother was walking one day and found Tabernacle Baptist Church in 1947 where Betty Lou was introduced to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and received Him as her Savior. She was never the same. From that point forward she witnessed to every person she could, and taught Sunday school for many years.
In her professional life as a legal secretary for many law firms in Roswell, Ruidoso, Lubbock, and Albuquerque she was always known as one who had a true testimony for Jesus Christ.
Even in her final years while living at Avamere Assisted Living she was known for walking the halls, gospel tracts in hand, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. He was her everything.
Though Betty Lou is now in Heaven where she always looked forward to being, she wanted everyone who reads this to know how she got there.
Betty Lou realized that all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God. She also realized that, as a sinner, she didn't deserve to go to Heaven nor could she get there by any amount of good works she could do. She recognized that there was a penalty for her sins, and that penalty was death, so she deserved to spend eternity in hell. (Romans 6:23) She came to the realization that there was only one way to Heaven and Jesus paid that price with His own shed blood when He died on the cross for our sins. (John 14:6, Romans 5:8) Betty Lou then prayed and asked Jesus Christ to save her from her sins. At that very moment, according to the precious Word of God, she became a child of God and was given the gift of eternal life! (Acts 16:31)
Betty Lou wanted you to know that God wants to give you eternal life just like He did for her! Just believe Christ and take Him at His Word! He will save you today!
Betty Lou had no natural born children but adopted almost anyone who would let her. She is forever remembered by her adopted family of Jason and Deena Perry and her adopted grandchildren Jacob, Gideon, Joel, Elijah, Susie, Jonah, and Josiah; all of Roswell. She is also survived by her best friend Christine Harrison of Spring, Texas and close friend Joyce Boardman of Roswell.
We are very appreciative of Jennifer Griffith, Executive Director of Avamere Assisted Living, as well as Daniel Sullivan, Director of Health Services and all the staff for the loving and quality of care they gave Betty Lou. A special thank you as well to Roberta, Chelsie, and Glen with Kindred Hospice for the care and attention they gave Betty Lou.
In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to Tabernacle Baptist Church for their Missions Fund so that lives around the world can hear the Gospel.