Betty Mackley Oler, 84 of Johnson City, Tennessee passed away in hospice care on Monday, August 24, 2020. In our current Covid 19 environment when a text or phone call must stand in for an embrace, her family and friends are at peace knowing that she was welcomed into the arms of the Lord she so cherished above all else as she stepped through the gates of her forever home early Monday morning.
Born in 1935, a graduate of Science Hill High School, Betty was a lover of all of life’s precious gifts and was always surrounded with family and friends who loved her sweet smile and giving personality. Betty was a thoughtful, generous person and would, without hesitation, give the shoes off her feet and a huge Betty Oler smile to anyone in need regardless of status, opinion or circumstance. Those who knew her would agree that she never met a stranger and was kind to everyone. Betty lived and loved and taught all that knew her the deep and authentic meaning of those words. She was a member of the Lighthouse Missionary Baptist Church of Jonesborough, Tn.
Betty is proceeded in death by her parents Bruce and Ethel Mackley, and siblings Jim Mackley, June Mackley and Shirley Caudle.
Celebrating her life and carrying her memory in the hearts of all generations, Betty is lovingly remembered by her two sisters Thelma Greer and Glenda [Louie] Blevins as well as her brother Robert L Mackley (Linda), James W. Oler Sr., the father of her 7 children: James [Teresa] Oler Jr., Debbie Helgeson, Kathleen [Byron] Cleeland, Michael Oler, Jamie S. Oler, Angie [Marc] Kirby, and Bruce [Christy] Oler as well as her 14 grandchildren, Rachel Beverly, Michelle Fleming, Travis Whetsell, Lauren Walsh, Kaylea Helgeson, Sarah Cleeland, Mark Anthony Banean, Tyler Banean, Wendy Rehardt, Natasha Kirby, Griffin Kirby, Dylan Kirby, Molly Kirby, and Elijah Oler, her 11 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren, twelve nieces and nephews as well as many extended family members and friends. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Kim Keplinger for her compassionate and excellent quality of care for Betty, as well as her friendship throughout these past several years.
Due to Covid-19 precautions, there will be a viewing from 9:00-1:30 pm Friday, August 28, 2020 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home. however, Betty’s family and friends support their loved one’s in saying “goodbye” during a service at Roselawn Memory Gardens at 2:00 PM on Friday, August 28th with Pastor Perry Cleek officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that any donations be made to Lighthouse Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesboro, TN.
Betty, we love you, will always miss you, and will endeavor to carry on your spirit of love and thoughtfulness always!
Jimmy, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. She had such a good sense of humor and was very kind to my dad. She put a smile on his face during some tough times. I will forever love her for her kindness. Take care. With love, Linda
Wassan and Vickie Broyles
What a gal, spent many an hour talking to Betty when we worked at Madison Kipp together. We had a lot of good laughs together and enjoyed working there. Every time I would see Betty out somewhere she always had a big smile on her face for me and ask "have you seen so and so lately". We would spend time talking and trying to remember the names of the people we worked with there and see if we knew where they were working or what they were up to. I loved Betty like a second Mom. Betty will be missed by all who knew and loved her. To Jimmy, I love you like a brother, Teresa you have always been a wonderful friend to Vickie and I. Mike, Bruce, and all the sisters and family our heart felt condolences go out to you all for the loss of your Mom, "Betty". She is one that we will never forget. Love you guys and you will be in our prayers, Wassan and Vickie Broyles.
Very sorry for the loss of Betty. My prayers are lifted for the family. Please accept my condolences Jim, Mike and Angie.
Any memory I have of Grandma is of her smiling, laughing or with a coffee cup in hand. She sure knew the value of life and to take each moment as it was- not to overthink things, not to hold grudges, but to live and to love those she called family and friends. For the thousands of laughs you gave me growing up, I now hold with me your memory and I know you are watching us with a smile in Heaven.
I had the pleasure of spending a little time with Betty in past years; she was kind and sweet, and adored her son Mikey. Much love to all of her family; my sincerest condolences.
Ruth Ann Canada
I worked with Betty for years and we all loved Betty dearly. I am so sorry for your loss! She was a wonderful soul.
Mike & Bruce I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
So sorry for your loss! Sending thoughts, love and prayers to your family during this difficult time. Praying for God's strength for you all,
Love, Jennifer Hopkins
Angie i am so sorry about your mom my prayers are with u and your family 8 years ago i lost my mom i do understand take care love u Stella
Sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers and thoughts.
Bobby eggers rest in peace with jesus little woman
Sorry for your loss, Kathy, Debbie, And Jimmy, and prayers for all the family .
Butch golden family
Angie to you and your family we send you our condolences. May you be comforted knowing your mom is in the arms of God.
Lauren and Tim Walsh
Thank you for your sacrifices, your care and concern, your love and everything that you have done for us. We know you are in a much better place. We will be forever grateful and thankful that you are our grandmother. Rest in Peace Grandma we love and miss you so much..