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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:15 pm | Updated: 2:16 pm, Wed Mar 27, 2019.

Betty Ruth Parsons Bertko, 87, of Midland, Texas passed away on March 24, 2019. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Fort Davis, Texas. A viewing will be held 30 minutes prior to service. 

Betty was born on Nov. 9, 1931 in Houston, Texas to William H. and Lillie Annette Parsons. She graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in June 1950. She worked for Houston Lighting and Power Company for many years.

Following a move to Alpine, Texas, she and her sister Willa Mae owned the Spudnut Shop. She was an avid garage sale shopper and loved playing games. She and her family have played Yahtzee for five generations. She enjoyed crafts, cooking, decorating, the color pink, and her family says her favorite thing to do was to move frequently to different Texas towns and set up house all over again.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Bertko, her parents, brothers William “Billy” Parsons and Clyde Ray Parsons, and sister Willa Mae Moos.

Betty is survived by her daughter Bridget Jarratt, husband Keith of Fort Davis; brother, Leon Little, Jr., of Corpus Christi, Texas; sister Betty Jean Slay of Chandler, Arizona; granddaughter Dustie Bartolazz, husband Emory, and their children Caycen and Turner; grandson Lance Jarratt, his wife Lauren, and their children, John Wesley, and Amelia Margaret of Fort Davis; granddaughter Annette Barraza, her husband Eddie, and their children Mariah, Vincent, Avery, Sye, and and Kelston, of Alpine; and “like another daughter” Jan Jacobs and her husband Steve of New Braunfels, Texas.  

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be donated to First Baptist Church of Fort Davis or Veterans Administration Charity.

The family would like to express their gratitude to her comfort keepers Suzette Doria, Maria Dominguez, Marie Salazar, Yolanda Olivas, Jessica Rey, Belinda “Little Bit” Coyle, Sarah Collins, and Melanie Tudor, as well as the nursing staff of Helen Greathouse of Manor Park, especially Brenda.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at

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