If you cheered for the Guthrie Bluejays or the Oklahoma State Cowboys, or took a stroll through downtown Guthrie or took your family out for dinner it’s likely you knew Miss Betty.
Known as “Miss Betty”, Betty Foster never met a stranger. Her big smile, often followed up with a hug, always lured those strangers in. Now, most everybody already knew Miss Betty, which promptly started talks about family, kids and of course the Bluejays and Cowboys.
Miss Betty passed away peacefully Sunday morning just four days before her 84th birthday. She fought a long and courageous battle against multiple cancers for over 10 years. Celebration of life will be 2 p.m. on Friday at the First Christian Church (402 E. Noble) with Pastor Amy Rogers officiating with burial following at Summit View Cemetery.
“She lived a colorful and glorious life,” daughter Christy Chennault said.
Miss Betty had a lifetime Guthrie All-Sports pass, but Guthrie administrators simply knew that was not enough. Then, athletic director Gary Boxley named Miss Betty “Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Softball Operations.” May as well have – she was at all the games.
Perhaps, Miss Betty was just doing what she only knew. After all, one of the state’s most popular high school baseball fields (Squires Field) was named after her father Raymond “Preach” Squires.
Miss Betty controlled the territorial grounds after she was voted the 2014 Territorial Governor for the Territorial Christmas Celebration. She gave a lot of credit to her Lt. Governor Dozer Knox, a bulldog, but the election was all but over when Miss Betty entered the race.
Miss Betty knew her time on earth was coming to an end. She passed six days after she called in her family to gather around her. Now, the town of Guthrie is gathering around Miss Betty’s family and celebrating her life.