Starkey-Gal­la­her, Lois El­iz­a­beth

Albuquerque Journal - - OBITUARIES -

July 1, 1925 - Septem­ber 11, 2017

Lois El­iz­a­beth Starkey-Gal­la­her, age 92, passed away peace­fully at home Septem­ber 11, 2017 sur­rounded by her loved ones. She was born on July

1, 1925 to Lois Cor­nell Wood and Ja­son Guild Wood in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia. Grow­ing up, she lived in In­dia, Cal­i­for­nia, and Ok­la­homa, but had resided in Al­bu­querque since 1954.

Lois, who was al­ways known as Betty, was pre­de­ceased by Jack Starkey, to whom she was mar­ried from 1947 un­til his death in 1982 and Jack Gal­la­her of So­corro, to whom she was mar­ried from 2004 un­til his death in 2009. She is sur­vived by three daugh­ters and sons-in-law, Ed and Cath­leen Arm­strong of Cal­i­for­nia, David and Peggy Rid­dle of North Carolina, and Tom and Cindy McCon­nell of Al­bu­querque. She also had five grand­sons, five grand­daugh­ters, eigh­teen great-grand­chil­dren, and was look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing her nine­teenth great-grand­child and first great-great-grand­child in the com­ing weeks.

From 1954 un­til she re­tired in 1982, Betty Starkey shared her life­long love of learn­ing with the hun­dreds of stu­dents who passed through her class­rooms in the Al­bu­querque Pub­lic Schools. Af­ter re­tire­ment, she trav­eled the world—and vis­ited grand­chil­dren. She loved art, play­ing bridge and cheer­ing the Ok­la­homa Soon­ers on Satur­day af­ter­noons. She was a fifty-plus mem­ber of the PEO Sis­ter­hood, and for well over half a cen­tury, was a faith­ful mem­ber of First Bap­tist Church, Hoff­man­town Church, and in her later years, San­dia Bap­tist Church.

But her great­est love, even more than her pre­cious grand­chil­dren, was her Lord, and the great­est legacy she left her fam­ily was the un­wa­ver­ing faith she lived out ev­ery day of her life. Friends are wel­come to join the fam­ily in a Cel­e­bra­tion of her Life on Fri­day, Septem­ber 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at FRENCH – Lo­mas. In­ter­ment will fol­low the ser­vice at San­dia Mem­ory Gar­dens. Please visit our online guest­book for Betty at www.FrenchFuner­als.com

FRENCH - Lo­mas 10500 Lo­mas Blvd. NE 505.275.3500 www.frenchfuner­als.com

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