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Betty Jane Wilburn Mavity
(February 4, 1943 - April 10, 2007)


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Betty Jane Wilburn Mavity

Betty Mavity passed away quietly in her sleep on April 10, 2007. She had been having health problems for a long time and has now passed beyond the pain.

Betty was born in the old family home in Fowler, Kansas on February 4, 1943. She was the daughter of Hermon Samuel and Viola Grace (Covey) Wilburn. The family moved a great deal and she attended school all over western Kansas finally settling in Great Bend where she graduated from Great Bend High School in 1961.

At an early age Betty established herself as an artist and was especially adept at oil paintings of horses and dogs. She was married to Fay Leroy Mavity on April 27, 1963 in Salina, Kansas. They soon moved to the Denver area where Fay still works as a diesel mechanic. They had two children, Jackie Lee Mavity and Robert Leo Mavity.

Betty continued with her art and various crafts selling them in local markets. She did glass etching, ceramics, miniatures, and anything else that caught her eye.

After moving north of Denver Betty began raising goats and being out in the barn with her “ladies” was when she was happiest. She was always willing to help anybody with the care of goats and other animals. She had to give up her animals due to health problems but continued with her crafts. She was always planning and thinking about the next project.

Betty will be remembered for her generosity, wit, and the little chuckle that lit up her face.

She is survived by her husband, Fay Mavity of Lochbuie; son, Robert Mavity of Hunter, Washington; and the children of Jackie Lee who passed away four years ago,

Elizabeth Mavity of Olympia, Washington and Scott Gorman a student at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley; a sister, Rita Ackerman of Phoenix, Arizona; and her Mother-in-Law, Edith Mavity, age 94, in Cunningham, Kansas.

Local services will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 6:00 pm at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home, 75 S. 13th Avenue, Brighton. Graveside services will be held in Norcatur, Kansas on Wednesday, April 18.

The family suggests memorial contributions to your favorite charity.

Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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