Betty Louise Travis McCreadie

Betty Louise Travis McCreadie

Betty Louise Travis McCreadie, went home to be with the Lord on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2007, in Kingman. Betty was born Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1925, to James and Clara Watts in Huntley, Neb., and was one of 14 children.

Betty spent her early years in Huntley, was baptized as a small child in the Methodist Church there and graduated from Huntley High School in 1943. That same year, she met her future husband, Dale E. Travis, in a bowling alley in Lincoln, Neb. Dale was serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was stationed in Lincoln at the time. On Dec. 24, 1943, Betty and Dale were married in a lovely Christmas wedding held at the First Baptist Church in Mesa. This began what the family fondly remembered as the ABC holidays for Betty - anniversary, birthday and Christmas!

Betty and Dale had two daughters, Sharon Denise born May 21, 1945, and Lucinda Louise born June 28, 1948. After the war, the family moved to Plymouth, Ind., for five years where Dale worked for Studebaker Motor Company until the plant closed. The family then moved to southern California, where Betty and Dale furthered their education at Chaffey College, Dale studying electronics and working at General Dynamics while Betty became a paralegal and eventually managed a law firm in Upland, Calif., for over 25 years. Shortly after the family's move to California, they joined the First Baptist Church in Ontario, where they were all faithful members of the Lord's house. Dale and Betty were married for 39 years, until Dale passed away on Nov. 30, 1983, from heart disease.

After Dale's death, one of his friends succeeded in getting Betty to participate in a mixed bowling league where she met her second husband, Jim McCreadie. Was it luck that she met both of her husbands in bowling alleys? Possibly, but instead of setting Jim and Betty up on a blind date, the friend "blindly" put them together on the same team. Neither of them was aware of the arrangement, however, on July 26, 1986, Betty married Jim McCreadie at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey, Calif. Her grandson, Loren, walked her down the aisle, her daughter, Lucinda, was maid of honor, and Jim's granddaughters, Amber and Alissa, were the flower girls.

Jim and Betty eventually moved to Kingman, where they lived for the past 18 years. Betty was very active in the United Methodist Women, TOPS, Women of the Moose, the Red Hat Society and, over the years, bowled in numerous leagues. She loved poetry and traveling, and also wrote a book, Life Goes On, about her family history.

Betty leaves to mourn her passing, her loving second husband, Jim McCreadie; one daughter and son-in-law, Lucinda Louise Travis and Gary Salan; two stepdaughters, Terri Turner and Trina Pina; two grandchildren, Loren Douglas McCoy of Kingman and Michelle Cheree Dodd of San Bernardino, Calif; and nine great-grandchildren, Megan, Krista and Felecia of Kingman; Rebecca, Victoria, Rachel, Roxanne, Jeremy and Kate of San Bernardino.

Betty also leaves one sister, Virginia Jurovich of Kingman; and one brother, Virgil Watts and wife, Idell Watts of Woodbridge, Calif.; and sisters-in-law, Virginia Watts of Comstock, Neb., and Dessie Watts of DeLeon, Texas, as well as many nieces and nephews. Betty's first husband, Dale E. Travis; daughter, Sharon Denise Travis McCoy; parents, James and Clara Watts; and eleven brothers and sisters, Clarence Watts, Daisy Harris, Leslie Paul Watts, Orlie Watts, Lester Watts, James Watts, Jane Watts, Francis Harvey, Diane Carty, Leotis Watts and Dowane Watts predeceased her.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on March 31, at St. John's United Methodist Church in Kingman.

Betty was cremated and her ashes will be strewn high atop Mount Baldy where her first husband, Dale, and eldest daughter, Sharon, were scattered. This is the same mountain the family admired for years from their backyard in Ontario and also where they enjoyed many hours in recreational activities.