Betty Jean was born on January 22, 1941 in Beaumont, Texas to Herbert Robert Sr., and Lou
Elva Owens Dautrieve. She attended Beaumont Public Schools. Betty accepted Christ at an
early age and was a member of McKinley Avenue Baptist Church for many years. She also
attended Mount Rose Baptist Church and Macedonia Baptist Church.
On August 1, 1959 Betty was united in marriage to Elroy Willridge. Three sons were born to
this union. She later married Joseph Riggs and they had a daughter.
Betty united with Christ Community Church under the leadership of Pastor Jeff Payne where she
remained a member until she was called home. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother,
grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and a faithful friend. Her love for her family was
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Herbert R. Dautrieve Jr., and her step-
son Lionel Riggs.
She leaves in God's care to cherish her memories her loving Husband Joseph Lee (Joe) Riggs. a
daughter, Ella Thomas (Rodney) of Beaumont, Tx., three sons, Elroy Willridge Jr.(Ellen) of
Lomita, Ca., John Willridge (Mary), and Gregory Willridge (Nikki Larkin) of Beaumont, Tx.,
her grandchildren, Travian Sears, Elroy Willridge III (Kendall), Devonte Jones, Tyler Willridge,
Keith Vallair, Aeriona Richard, and seven great grandchildren. Betty also leaves a brother,
Apostle Floyd Dautrieve (Emma) of Stone Mountain, Ga., sisters, Dorothy Moses and Shirley
Gulley of Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., and Gloria Sams of Houston, Tx., a step-daughter Mary
Riggs and a step-grandaughter Juanita Riggs of Beaumont, Tx., and a host of nieces, nephews,
other relatives and friends.
We would like to express our deepest, most heartfelt sympathy to the family of BETTY
JEAN DAUTRIEVE RIGGS, during their bereavement. We pray that they find
strength and comfort in the Lord. May God keep you in His care, He will ease
your pain and wipe away your tears. We pray that you experience the peace and
comfort only God can give.
THE OWENS FAMILY
|Don't spend too much time mourning
Tears are for the sad
I left to be with Jesus
And this should make you glad
|A FALLEN LIMB
A limb has fallen from our family tree
I keep hearing a voice that says, " Grieve not for me."
Remember the best times, the laughtr, the song
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I am counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul at rest.
Remembering all, how I was truly blessed.
Continue tradition, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don't worry about falls.
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we're together again
IF THERE IS ANY WAY DEAR LORD
IN WHICH MY HEART MAY SEND HER WORD
OF MY CONTINUED LOVE
AND OF MY JOY IN HER RELIEF
FROM PAIN~A JOY NOT EVEN GRIEF
AND LONELINESS MAY RISE ABOVE.
REVEAL IT TO ME...FOR I LONG
TO KEEP INTACT THE TIE SO STRONG
BETWEEN US FROM MY BIRTH
THAT WHEN WE MEET (AS MEET WE MUST)
THERE SHALL BE NAUGHT BUT PERFECT TRUST
SUCH AS WE ALWAYS KNEW ON EARTH
Anna Nelson Reed