bettyCALHOUN, Ky. (7/31/17) — Betty Jean Phillips Thurman, 89 of Sacramento went to be with the Lord Tuesday July 25 at Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Florida.  

Born June 4, 1928 in Beech Grove to the late Armstead David and Zula Lee Wahl Phillips, she was known as Miss Betty by family and friends.  Betty attended the Beech Grove School, graduated from the eigth grade in 1942, attended Maple Mount School in St. Joseph the following summer and then moved to Calhoun where she graduated high school in 1946.

Betty attended Brescia College in Owensboro and Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.  Several years later she taught grade school at Island Elementary, home economics at both Sacramento High School and Livermore Independent Schools until Livermore became part of the McLean County School System.  In 1986, she started working at Sacramento Deposit Band and retired after 32 years.

Betty was married to the love of her life, Denver L. Thurman of Sacramento, on June 8, 1951 and they enjoyed life together for 59 years until his death on Sept. 29, 2009.  She was a member of the Calhoun Christian Church until she and Denver became members of the Sacramento United Methodist Church in 1960.  She was a member of the Owensboro Quilters Guild, Beech Grove Homemakers, American Legion Auxiliary No. 6 in Madisonville, Sacramento OES No. 67, Daughter of the Nile in Madisonville, was active in the United Methodist Women’s organization of Sacramento, and did some volunteer work.  Betty was a friend to many people wherever she went.

Survivors include a sister, Mona Burke-Abney (Jessie) of Winter Haven, Florida; a niece, Felicia Ann Anderson (Andy); a nephew, John Boulware; several great nieces and great nephews; and her special friends, Damon and Linda Dillingham of Sacramento.

A Celebration of Betty’s life will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Muster Funeral Homes Calhoun Chapel with the Revs. Steve Proctor and Michael Deaton officiating.  Entombment will be at Owensboro Memorial Gardens in Owensboro.  Pallbearers will be Charlie Bates, Kenny Lee, Damon Dillingham, Ty Dillingham, Bobby Wells, Michael Hunt, and George Blackburn, serving as an honorary bearer.
Friends may visit with Betty’s family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Musters in Calhoun.

The Betty Jean Phillips Thurman family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Calhoun Cemetery Beautification Fund; C/O John Howard, 400 Guy Settle Loop, Calhoun, KY, 42327.  Memorial contribution envelopes will be available at Musters in Calhoun.
Share your memories and photos of Betty at musterfuneralhomes.com.

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