SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Elizabeth Jeanne "Betty" Stout Lake, our mother, went to her heavenly home on March 1, 2003.
Elizabeth Jeanne was born Nov. 26, 1930, in Portageville, Mo., to John L. and Georgia Ann Girvin. Born during the depression as the sixth child, she grew to be strong and independent. Her father was recognized by the state of Missouri for his contributions to the farming community. Her mother was matron of the home, talented in sewing, cooking, decorating and healing. Her parents taught her to have respect for the land and each other. She had a close-knit family that lived life to the fullest. Her parents, two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
Growing up, Mother wanted to live in Texas. In the 1960s, she remarried and moved to San Angelo. She reared her children with discipline but always supported and accepted her children. We will always have respect and admiration for our mother. Mother had a strong relationship with God and always felt His presence in her life. She loved to read, work cryptograms and stayed abreast of political news. We will miss our mother's strong opinion about most subject, but most of all will miss having her here to confide in and talk with.
Survivors include: her son and daughter-in-law, Gordon and Debby Stout of San Angelo; three daughters and a son-in-law, Susan Creel and Mary Kate Stout of San Angelo and Michelle and Lee Edwards of Flower Mound; and 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren of whom she was proud and loved.
Perhaps you sent a lovely card
Or sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a funeral spray,
If so, we saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the kindest words
As any friend could say,
Perhaps you were not there at all,
Just thought of us that day.
Whatever you did to console our hearts,
We thank you so much for whatever the part.
The family wishes to thank our friends, Mother's caretakers at West Texas Renal Center, San Angelo Community Medical Center, Dr. Johnny French, Dr. Pat Gibson and Dr. Michael Wess during her illness.
Services were conducted at 10 a.m. today at Johnson's Funeral Home in Texas with the Rev. John Raynolds officiating.
Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. Thursday until service time at 10:30 a.m. at DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville. The Rev. Leland Butler will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Portageville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 6931 Arlington Road Bethesda, Md. 20804 www.cff.org