Guymon Daily Herald

Betsy Wirtz:

March 6, 1931-Feb. 5, 2023


Betty Joyce Wirtz, known to her family and friends as “Betsy,” passed away on Feb.5, 2023, at the age of 91 at The Heritage Community in Guymon.

Betsy was the daughter of Martin Hicks and Lucille Garrett Hicks. She was born on March 6, 1931, in China Spring, Texas, and grew up in Waco Texas.

Betsy was preceded in death by her husband, Doug Wirtz, her brother, Bob Hicks of Midland, Texas, and her sister Dorothy Springfiel­d of Waco, Texas.

Betsy was a proud wife, mother and grandmothe­r who lived a life of service and love.

She met her husband, Doug Wirtz while he was serving in the Texas National Guard. They lived in Amarillo, Texas, Albuquerqu­e, N.M., and Roswell, N.M. before moving to Guymon in 1965. They were married for 50 years until his passing in 2001.

Together, Betsy and Doug raised two children, Kim Bloss of Denver, Colo., and Larry Wirtz of Guymon.

Betsy attended school in Waco, Texas, and graduated from Waco Business School. She was a dedicated profession­al who started her career as a bookkeeper for Borden Dairy in Amarillo, Texas. Betsy later became secretary and treasurer of Wirtz Lumber and Supply in Guymon and, eventually, rose to become president of the company.

In her free time, Betsy enjoyed painting, reading, traveling, visiting her grandchild­ren, and spending time at her vacation cabin in Colorado.

Betsy was a dedicated member of her community and volunteere­d her time with Girls Scouts of America and Explorer Scouts. She was a past board member of Memorial Hospital of Texas County and a long-time member of First Presbyteri­an Church of Guymon, where she and her husband served as past youth sponsors.

Betsy is survived by her children, Kim Bloss and her husband Mike of Denver, Colo., and Larry Wirtz and his wife Shelley of Guymon. Betsy is also survived by her grandchild­ren, Natalie (Bloss) Bray and her husband Zach and Cassie (Bloss)

Beyer and her husband Ryan of Fort Worth, Texas, and Molly Wirtz of Denver, Colo., Clara Wirtz and Christophe­r Wirtz of Guymon. Betsy is also survived by her great-grandchild­ren Barrett Bray, Sloane Bray, Skylar Beyer, and Maisie Beyer, all who reside in Fort Worth, Texas. They will always remember her for her love, kindness and unwavering support.

Betsy will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, and love for her family. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.

Memorial contributi­ons may be made in Betsy’s name to Loaves & Fishes Food Cupboard in Guymon and will be accepted by the funeral home.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Henson-Novak Funeral Directors of Guymon. The family will be present from 7 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyteri­an Church in Guymon. Interment will follow at Elmhurst Cemetery in Guymon.

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