Betty Jean Denton Immel passed away peacefully in her home in Boerne, Texas, on December 23, 2011, of suspected heart failure. She was born on October 15, 1944 in New Braunfels, Texas, to the late Viola and Alton Denton, Sr.
Although New Braunfels was her first home, she grew up on various Air Force bases around the United States and Guam. She graduated from Lee High School in San Antonio, Texas in 1962. She met her husband, Larry, while working at USAA, and they married May 23, 1964.
Betty was a devoted, stay-at-home mom to four children: Trisha, John, Lorraine, and David. Once her youngest child reached preschool age, she became a preschool teacher and earned her Associate’s Degree in Montessori Education. She dedicated the remainder of her life to what she did best, loving and teaching children.
Later in her life, Betty developed an interest in genealogy and worked tirelessly to research her family roots. Her extensive research earned her a prestigious award from the Genealogical Society of Kendall County.
Betty always enjoyed being outdoors, gardening and planting flowers, but most of all she loved children. She taught preschool through May 2011. Instead of teaching this fall, she focused fully on her 16 grandchildren, 11 of whom were adopted from around the world. She had the capacity to make each child feel uniquely special and unconditionally loved. What a blessing it was for each of her grandchildren to have Nana’s undivided attention in the months before God took her Home.
Not only did Nana love her own children and grandchildren passionately but she had a heart for orphans around the world, giving generously to support orphan care.
Betty is survived by her husband of 47 years, Larry K. Immel; children Trisha and husband, Chris Huddleston, John, Lorraine and husband Matt Patterson, David and wife Bonnie; grandchildren Nate and Nicholas Huddleston, Naomi, Parker, Meribeth, Mattie, Sawyer, Asher, Ella, Conner, Cooper, Kiefer, and Selah Patterson, Henley and Mia Immel; sister Shirley and husband Kenneth Booth; sister-in-law Karen and husband George Foster; various nieces, nephews, and cousins, including one very special cousin, Mary Louise Wunderlich.
The family would like to thank you for your prayers, love, and support and ask that memorial contributions be made to Eagle’s Nest International (Guatemalan orphan ministry), PO Box 3213, Wichita, Kansas 67202, designate in memo: In Memory of Betty Immel, or give online at www.EaglesNestInt.org.
You were the best mom and Nana a child could ever ask for, always thinking about others before yourself, giving tirelessly and loving generously. Thanks for all the sacrifices you made in your life to make ours better. As your children, we have truly been blessed. Your legacy of love will carry on for generations to come.
With Much Love,
Your children and grandchildren