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Place of Birth:
Watts, Oklahoma
Place of Death:
Claremore, Oklahoma
Payroll and Accounting
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Betty Joyce Hess Smith

Betty Joyce Hess Smith of Claremore passed away on July 19, 2015. She was born January 14, 1928 at Watts, Oklahoma to James Hugh Hess and Maude Welch Hess. She graduated from Central High School, Tulsa, OK.

She was married to Luther Smith. She is survived by stepdaughters Lugenia Counce and Dr. Linda Goeller, brother George Edward Hess, sisters Jean Engler and Geneva Rush, niece and nephews Mary Smith, Tom Hess, Joe Hess, Joy Hunt, Sonny Hess, David Hess, Delores Horvath, Michael Hess, Robin Rush, Christopher Rush, Laurel Owens, Berry Rothhammer, Diane Dahl. She was preceded in death by brothers Clarence Hess, John Hess, Brice Hess, and Walter Hess. She is also survived by grandchildren AnnaBeth Kallenbach, Dr. Emily Gulley, Dr. Trisha Counce, Alyssa Counce, Benjamin Counce, Jim Goeller, and Laura Schley.

Betty was a 31-year employee of Dowell Division of the Dow Chemical Company in Payroll and Accounting. She was a member of the Cherokee Nation and grew up on a farm near Watts, OK on her mother’s Cherokee allotment. She was a lifelong Baptist and made her profession of faith at age 11. Betty and her husband established The Maude Welch Hess Memorial Scholarship Fund at John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR in honor of Betty’s mother, descendant of Nancy Ward, a Cherokee noted for her service to the Americans in the Revolutionary War. Betty was a member of Goingsnake District Heritage Association, the Trail of Tears Association, Rogers County Cherokee Association, and Association of Descendants of Nancy Ward, and enjoyed attending the semi-annual meetings of Dowell Retirees.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Maude Welch Hess Memorial Scholarship Fund at John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR.

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