Betty J. Kirkpatrick, 89, of El Dorado, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at her home.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Betty’s name can be directed to Trinity Episcopal Church-Priscilla’s Pantry. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Betty at

Betty’s life began Sept. 23, 1930, in Arkansas City, the daughter of Fred and Esther (Fresh) Crabtree. She attended and graduated from Arkansas City High School. She was united in marriage to William “Bill” Kirkpatrick on Sept. 26, 1948.

Betty gave tirelessly of her time. She served as the secretary to the El Dorado city manager, then spent more than 12 years as a city commissioner. Betty served on the City Tree Board, Recreation Board and the Haverhill Beautification Committee. She was a member of El Dorado, Inc., the first president of the El Dorado Chapter of the American Businesswomen’s Association, a member of PEO, a past board member of the El Dorado Senior Center and a host parent for the El Dorado Grizzlies.

Betty never knew a stranger and always spoke her mind. She loved traveling with her much-loved traveling companion, Gerald Bottorff. Betty made friends all over the world and loved them dearly. She always had a suitcase packed. Betty began attending the Episcopal Church in 1958 and was a faithful member of Trinity Episcopal Church in El Dorado since 1964. She loved reading, birdwatching, and tending her yard and flowers. She loved her cats and was a season ticket holder for Grizzly sports for more than 50 years. Betty will always be remembered for her keen sense of humor, sharp wit and her unwavering honesty.

Her greatest joy in life was her family, which includes her daughters, Jill Kirkpatrick, of Denver, and Nancy Samp, of El Dorado; companion, Gerald Bottorff, of El Dorado; sister, Marjorie Rine, of Wichita; numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous friends around the world.

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