April 26, 1918 - July 13, 2017
Imogene Bethel quietly slipped away into eternal rest on July 13, 2017 at 99 years old at her favorite place, her home in Lamesa, TX. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Lamesa, TX on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm. with Scott Seymour officiating. There will be a visitation at the Branon Funeral Home Friday July 14, 6:00-7:00 pm. The burial will be Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Floydada Cemetery in Floydada, TX under the direction Branon Funeral Home.
Imogene was born in Center Point, Arkansas on April 26, 1918 to the parents of Levi and Norma Bedwell. She was the 4th of 5 children. Her family moved to Quitaque, TX where her father owned a cafe. Imogene was a Chief Operator for the phone company. She met Hal Reid Bethel at her father's cafe where he would frequent. Reid worked next door to the cafe at a parts store. They married in 1939. They had one son, Donald, and made their life together in Lamesa, TX, where Reid and Imogene bought and ran The Reid Bethel Tire Store in 1945. They built their home on 15th Street in 1955, she loved her home. In 2002, at 84 years old, she attended her high school reunion in Quitaque and was voted Homecoming Queen.
Nanny (as her family called her) loved her family. She spent summers with her family and extended family at Lake Stamford where we would fish all day, work in the garden, and eat the best home cooked meals. Other highlights were RVing around Texas with Reid, attending the Rose Bowl Parade, and taking her family to Disneyland. But, the best memories were made at her home in Lamesa. She taught her grandchildren and her great grandchildren how to play Dominos and Skip Bo. Grandchildren and neighbors would come over unannounced on weekdays at 5pm for Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. The best conversations and laughs would happen on her sun porch, usually while shelling black eyed peas. And yes, she did make the best black-eyed peas. She cooked lovely Sunday lunches (always with a full place setting of her best China) after church and before her beloved Dallas Cowboy games. Every time you stepped into her home, you felt love.
She was a member of the Cal Wright Sunday School Class at The First United Methodist Church and a member of The Green Thumb Garden Club. She was an avid reader, she loved a fancy tea party, and if you want to see her light up just mention Reid or Don, her greatest joys.
Nanny is preceded in death by her mother and father, three sisters, one brother, and her husband. Nanny is survived by her son and daughter in law (Don and Lynda Bethel of Lamesa), her grandchildren and their spouses (Danner and Tracy Bethel of Austin, Denise and Gustavo Molina of Dallas, David and Jana Bethel of Houston), and her great grandchildren (Jake and MollyBethel of Austin and Sofia and Stella Molina of Dallas).
The family wishes to extend appreciation to her caretakers, doctor, Home Hospice, and her neighbors and friends.
Romans 8:18 - The pain that you've been feeling cannot compare to the joy that is coming.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 438, Lamesa, TX 79331. To send condolences online, please visit www.branonfuneralhome.com.
April 26, 1918 - July 13, 2017
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