Funeral services for Betty Jean (Griffis) Hamar, 87 year-old Weatherford resident, will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Life Fellowship Church, with Rev. Dakota Marsh officiating.
Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford, under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home of Weatherford. Betty was born on Saturday, January 4, 1936, in Screven, GA, to Olin Dailer and Evelyn Estelle (Tyre) Griffis and passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023, in Weatherford. Betty was raised in southern Georgia and attended high school in Savannah. In 1970, she moved with her husband and daughters to his hometown of Thomas. She earned her cosmetology license in 1972, and she remained a licensed beautician until she passed.
On January 2, 1976, Betty had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and was born again. A few weeks later, on February 10, she was baptized with the gift of the Holy Spirit. In that same year, she received gifts of singing, songwriting, and composing poetry, and she was called to share those gifts with others. Betty traveled across Oklahoma and other parts of the south ministering in churches and at public gatherings. She recorded two albums and published a book of poetry and personal stories of God’s work in her life. No one in this world was a stranger to her, and she truly found joy in giving to others. She will be remembered by all who knew her as a woman of faith and compassion.
Betty is survived by her husband of 53 years, Vernon, of Weatherford; two daughters, Paula Cook and her husband, Jim, of Sayre, and Jody Lang and her husband, David, of Checotah; four grandchildren, including Corey Hidlebaugh, of Weatherford, Heath Lang and his wife, Cheyenne, of Cushing, Jared Hidlebaugh and his wife, Michelle, of Moore, and Matthew Lang, of Checotah; and five great-grandchildren, including Tucker, Tatum, and Tyson Lang, of Cushing, and Avery and Cord Hidlebaugh, of Moore. She is also survived by two sisters, Linda (Graham) Manning, of Allenhurst, GA, and Elizabeth Williams, of Enterprise, AL; by a number of stepgrandchildren, as well as their children and grandchildren; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Howard “Buddy” Griffis; and two more sisters, Loretta Griffis and Carolyn Trotter.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s honor may be sent to the Oklahoma Proton Center, at 5901 W. Memorial Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73142.