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Betty Jean Herbel, 84, of Hooker, Okla., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 at her home.

Betty was born June 29, 1933 on the family farm in Baker, Okla., the daughter of Fred and Neola Geist Meng. 

She attended school at the Hooker Schools until her senior year, when she attended and graduated from Goodwell High School with the Class of 1951. She then attended the University of Oklahoma.

She returned to Hooker and began working for Mr. Wilson at the First National Bank of Hooker, working there for many years.

On May 22, 1956, in Clayton, N.M., Betty was united in marriage to Edwin Herbel. They made Hooker their home.

Betty bought the local flower shop and named it “Every Bloomin’ Thing,” which she ran for five years.

She was a member of St. Lutheran Church in Hooker, Lamplighters, Ladies Aid, Hagolu, Rose Garden Flower Club and Bridge Club.

Betty was an avid and knowledgeable college basketball fan, she loved to hand quilt, enjoyed flowers and her garden, jigsaw puzzles and reading.Her love was her family and her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edwin, in 2013; and her sister-in-law, Pat Meng.

Survivors include son, James Herbel of Hooker, Okla.; daughters, Cynthia Rapp of Hutchinson, and April Herbel of Hooker, Okla.; five grandchildren: Valerie Armstrong and husband, Eric, of Wichita, Monica Lemmon and husband, Jassen of Colorado Springs, Tara Haines and husband, Avery of Hooker, Okla., Jennifer Herbel of Hooker, Okla., and Taylor Herbel of Belleville, Texas; seven great-grandchildren: Kaylie and Hannah Armstrong, Caitlin, Afton and Abram Lemmon Wiley, and Rowan Haines; and brother, Earl Dean Meng of Weatherford, Texas. 

• Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. Conrad Oehlert presiding. 

Burial will be at the Hooker Cemetery directed by Roberts Brothers Funeral Home in Hooker, Okla.

Family will greet friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.  

Memorials are suggested to the Hooker Ambulance Association and may be left at Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Box 745, Hooker, Oklahoma 73945. 

Condolences may be left at www.robertsbrothersfuneralhome.com 

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