Bettie Ivy Donaldson
Bettie Ivy Donaldson was born on July 10, 1941, in Mineral Wells, Tx, to William Joshua and Sammy Ivy. She has one sister, Ethel Fiesel. She is survived by her partner Thomas McFarland (PawPaw), three daughters: Laura Pittman and husband Jami, Dana DiMarco and husband Richard, and Jackie Carner and husband Frank. She was blessed with eight grandchildren: Mallory and Brant Pittman, Richie, Tiffany, Jack, and Chance DiMarco, and Colton and Caden Carner.
If asked, Bettie Donaldson would say, with great pride, that her greatest accomplishment is her family. When in good health, she never missed a kid’s party, school function, or sports activity.
Bettie grew up in a hard-working family. She was also a hard-working mom who always provided for her family and “went over the top” when it came to Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day and Birthdays. Holidays were always a special time for family and she always prepared a meal for an army. She was always known as the “cool mom” from her daughter’s friends growing up. She was very independent and raised her daughters as such. Although she was very independent, she enjoyed pleasing others and didn’t take no for an answer.
Everyone knew not to mess with Bettie. She was very stubborn and although her daughters did not always like to admit it, was almost always right! She could easily make friends anywhere she went, and generally did, be it at church or in the line of a grocery store.
Bettie was good at everything she put an effort into. When not working, she took college courses and frequented the library. She could decorate any cake, sew any kind of costume or dress, make flower arrangements for weddings, and build any kind of holiday yard decoration or wreath. MeMe loved doing her crafts with PawPaw.
Bettie worked at the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for many years. This is where she made a lifetime of friends. She would meet with “her girls” once a month to celebrate birthdays and friendship. Some of her closest friends were Mary, Bobby, Joyce and Patsy. Even though she didn’t drink, she would frequently partake in a monthly margarita.
Bettie had a green thumb and always had a huge garden in which she shared her harvest with family and friends. This was one of her passions and she enjoyed sharing her secret garden with her grandchildren.
She had two partners in life. She spent 19 years married to John “Jack” Donaldson and the last and final years with Thomas McFarland.
Even though she felt bad over the last three years, when physically able, she still would attend St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City. She was a member there for over 40 years and made sure her kids attained their childhood and early sacraments. She will be sadly missed by her daughters, grandchildren, Tom, family and friends. Gone, but not forgotten, we have faith in knowing her strong spirit will be watching over us. We love you MeMe!!!