Elizabeth "Betty" Chelf was born in Abington, Pennsylvania on
July 31, 1946 to Charles and Elizabeth Ford. She passed away May 31, 2016
in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Betty was a mother, grandmother, granny, great grandmother, sister, aunt
and friend to many. She never met a stranger and her fun, adventurous
spirit was contagious. She loved the outdoors and spent much of her time
going on walks and enjoying her flowers from her swing. She rarely turned
down a chance to go on a road trip. Whether it was visiting the grandkids
in Texas, family in Pennsylvania, or craft shows with a friend. She loved
to GO! The Sand Springs Lake was a favorite spot of hers. She enjoyed
walking around the small lake or sitting in her car on Sunday morning
listening to the country Gospel station for her "church time".
One of her favorite things was to spend time with her daughter and grandkids.
She loved being with her family and rarely missed a school program, dance
recital, or wrestling match. She was always ready to meet for lunch, go
to the zoo with her great grandkids, or just hang out last minute. She
didn't miss opportunities to spend time with those she loved. She
spent a lot of time on the phone with her distant loved ones. She was
so great at keeping in touch. "Hot Rod Granny" became a nickname
after her love for fast cars and races. She was called "Grandma Betty"
and "Aunt Betty" by not only family but others who adored her
and were treated as family. Her presence, laughter and joy for life will
be deeply missed.
Betty is survived by her husband: Charles Chelf; son: Ronald Surber; daughter:
Teresa Bagwill and husband Bobby; granddaughter: Alexis Campbell and husband
Matthew; grandson: Jacob Bagwill and wife Brittany; step-daughter: Lucy
and husband Gene Fultz; step-grandkids: Jessica, Chester and Julie Fultz
and Taylor Fultz; great grandchildren: Zander, Truston and Josiah Campbell,
Ryder and Sawyer Bagwill; step great grandkids: Gary, Chad, Ashley, Brandon,
Nicole, Emily and Chase Fultz; siblings: Charles Ford, Clarence Ford,
Frederick Ford, Florence Hatcher, Linda White, James Ford, Ed Ford and
George Ford; eight nephews; eight nieces and a host of other family and friends.
Flowers may be sent to St. Andrews Lutheran Church on Friday, June 10, 2016.