Betty Lou Greenhaw, 85, of Ponca City, Okla., passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at Select Specialty Hospital in Oklahoma City.
The funeral service is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Trout Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Mark Berry officiating. Betty Lou will be laid to rest following the service at Memorial Lawn Cemetery, north of Arkansas City. Viewing is today, with family greeting friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Ponca City Humane Society, 900 W. Prospect Ave., Ponca City, OK 74601 or Eastern Heights Christian Church, 5100 Lake Road, Ponca City, OK 74604.
Betty Lou was born on Oct. 13, 1933, in Winfield, to Luke and Ivah (Brownlee) Hardiman. She grew up in Arkansas City and graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1951. She also attended Cowley County Junior College, graduating with an associate’s degree in 1953. She worked for Mauer-Neuer in the billing department.
Betty Lou married Cleo Greenhaw on Aug. 2, 1953, in Arkansas City. They moved to Salina, where her husband was in the U.S. Air Force. While in Salina, she worked for the radio station KSAL as a continuity writer. After her husband was discharged from the service, they lived in Arkansas City where she worked in the secretarial pool at Acton Manufacturing Company. Betty Lou and Cleo moved to Wichita, Las Cruces, N.M., then to Ponca City, Okla., where her husband was employed by IBM. She worked for K-Mart Corporation for 20 years. Betty Lou was the bookkeeper for her husband’s company, Professional Computer Systems.
Betty Lou was a member of the Eastern Heights Christian Church and the Ponca City Humane Society. She loved all animals and rescued many dogs and cats and several baby birds. Paul Harvey News carried a story about a baby oriole that she had raised. Her dog, Mary Lou, was featured in the Marmaduke cartoon series.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleo; parents, Ivah (Brownlee) and Luke Hardiman; niece, Toni Hardiman; and great-niece, Desarea Hardiman, Chester, the dog; and Levi, the cat.
Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Lynn Baker and husband, Curtis; brother, Max Hardiman; grandchildren, Nicole Ann Wedman and husband, Richard, and Matt Overman; great-grandchild, Brooks Wedman; two stepgrandchildren, Brandon and Brittney; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Ava, Brynn and Caxton; sister-in-law, Judi Allen; nephews, Mike Hardiman and wife, Connie, and Steve Hardiman and wife, Susan; her beloved dog, Peggy Sue, and Jonny the cat.