Tommy, Tammy & myself with mom at Christmas
Bettye Recer Derden
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 15, 1931
  • Place of birth:
    Farmersville, Texas, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 7, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Waxahachie, Texas, United States
Let the memory of Bettye be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bettye Derden, 81, born on June 15, 1931 and passed away on April 7, 2013. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by patti cantu on 6th May 2016

"Mom, It will soon be 3 years since you have been gone, & Mothers Day.
I'm still trying to make it thru, Cause I'm reminded of all the things I miss about you. I miss your smile with love shining from your eyes. I miss the way we would laugh so hard that it made us cry.  I love you Mom, Happy Mothers Day. I will be with you someday & we can laugh again."

This tribute was added by Jenny Lane on 15th June 2015

"Happy Birthday Betty Irene. Celebration in Heaven♡ Miss you!"

This tribute was added by Jenny Lane on 7th April 2015

"It does not seem like it's been 2 years when you left us. I still, in a split secons, think I need to call you about whatever would be on my mind. You were a wonderful friend. ..we shared so much over the years. Things are not the same ..your guidance is surely missed. Things change but the love for you will only grow stronger.xoxo"

This tribute was added by patti cantu on 29th December 2014

"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year mom ! Well, we made it thru our 2nd year without you mom.. It was not easy , but it was a good Christmas. I Love you so much & still think about you each & every day. We will be going to Princeton soon, too.  Love you  & miss you !!!"

This tribute was added by Jessica Gillham on 21st August 2014

"I love you so much; There's not a day that goes by I don't think about you.... Jaxen is starting Kindergarten on Monday and I know you will be watching out for him on his first day!!!! We miss you so much ; until we meet again;Love Jess ;Donny& Jaxx !!"

This tribute was added by Jenny Lane on 28th July 2014

"Gone too soon....way too soon."

This tribute was added by Jessica Gillham on 16th June 2014

"Grandma,
I love. You and miss you so much! Yesterday was your 83rd birthday,and I know you are so happy to spend it with Grandpa! I always think about you;no matter whats going on.. I miss being able to call u and just talk about everything, Resting In Paradise♡♥♡♥ Until I see you again, Love!"

This tribute was added by patti cantu on 15th June 2014

"Happy Birthday momma,  I Love you so very much & miss you more everyday. Blessings are with you & dad.. Tell dad I said Happy Fathers Day,  Love ya'll. I will see ya'll again."

This tribute was added by Tom Derden on 12th May 2014

"Happy Mothers Day, I was always happy to share this day with you. This was a special day in honor of you and the GREAT mother you were for us.  Even though you are not here today, you loving legacy lives within us and we are so thankful for that. I love and miss always and forever, until we meet again. Love, Tommy"

This tribute was added by Tammy Maxey on 11th May 2014

"Mom there is not a day that goes by that you do not cross my mind.  I miss you so much!  I continue to treasure the sweet memories we all have and that is what keeps me going.  I love you my sweet dear mom.
Forever in my heart and always on my mind :) <3"

This tribute was added by Tammy Maxey on 22nd April 2014

"I have thought about you so much and miss you dearly.   Thank you so much for the beautiful memories.  You are always on my mind. Rest in paradise my beautiful mother."

This tribute was added by Jenny Lane on 9th April 2014

"Yesterday, Tommy called and we shared laughter like you and I used to. Today, Tam called and squeeled with some of our wonderful memories of you and Sonny. What fun you and I used to have! Sometimes we were like Lucy and Ethel...always laughing. I still think I need to phone you about this or that...and then reality sets in. I miss you and love you....I always will."

This tribute was added by delene williams on 9th April 2014

"Bettye,
Thought about you many times yesterday.  I know that you are smiling down on all of us from a beautiful place.  I miss our laughs, little secrets, and all the talks. Love you! Delene"

This tribute was added by patti cantu on 8th April 2014

"Mom, Tom couldn't have said it any better. I do think about you every day & all our little trips. I miss them. I miss us getting tickled over the silliest things. It doesn't seem like its been a year & sometimes it seems like forever. You are always in my thoughts & in my heart. I miss you so much Mom & I love you."

This tribute was added by Tom Derden on 8th April 2014

"It has been a year since the good lord took you "up home" to heaven. Oh how I miss you. At times I sit and think about all the great times we all shared and the way things used to be, and the realization those times are memories I will cherish forever. Time does heal, and faith in our heavenly father is the real healer. I love and miss always and forever."

This tribute was added by patti cantu on 12th March 2014

"It will soon be one year ago that you left. It is so hard to believe, I miss you & love you so much."

This tribute was added by Jenny Lane on 25th December 2013

"What a beautiful day we had today...all of your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren...husbands and wives...wives and husbands...what a wonderful tribute to you. Tammy is a wonderful hostess...just like her Momma. Tommy was steadfast with the family prayer...Patti was sad...but got better as the day went on..but you know that. She will be ok. Thank you for giving us the sense of family...what a legacy you left...now, you soar with the Angels...with Mike and Sonny at your side...total happiness. You celebrated Jesus' birthday at His home....and I know, my sister was close by...xooxoxox...love you always.
Jen"

This tribute was added by Tammy Maxey on 25th December 2013

"Mom,  I love you and miss you dearly  The holidays now are not the same and will never be.  We will continue to celebrate the holidays and go through everyday as you would want us to... sharing precious time together.  There is not a day go by that I don't think of you and you continue to live in me everyday!....Many time I find myself saying.."My Momma would always say this or do that".... There are SO many sweet memories that we will cherish forever.  I love you my sweet dear mom. Merry Christmas in heaven... Mom , Dad and Mike <3 Forever in our hearts<3<3"

This tribute was added by Jessica Gillham on 24th December 2013

"Grandma, Christmas time is here again. I never imagined ever celebrating it without you. I know, You , Uncle Mike & Grandpa , plus all the other family members are celebrating happily. But here on earth we miss you soo much! I want to be so selfish and bring you back to spend this Christmas with all of us. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you, Wishing you were here. May I let you R.I.P , and let the sun shine down on us tomorrow as we do our tradition  holiday celebration.  We love and Miss you SO MUCH!  -Donny, Jessica&Jaxen!"

This tribute was added by Tom Derden on 24th December 2013

"Mom,   This Christmas holiday has just not felt the same, as I knew it wouldn't because it is not the same and will never be. I know Christmas was your favorite holiday and how much you enjoyed FAMILY and seeing the smiles on all the many faces of family, young and old. But we do have many blessings from God to be thankful for this year as well.  Even though you are not here, your legacy lives in us and we will continue to enjoy this Christmas to its fullest and wipe away our tears and keep going.  We know you celebrate Christmas every day in kingdom of heaven.  I love you and miss you always and forever."

This tribute was added by patti cantu on 24th December 2013

"MISSING YOU AT CHRISTMAS !
Everyday without you, since you had to go,
It's like summer without sunshine, & winter without snow.

I wish that I could talk to you.
There's so much I would say,
Life has changed so very much since you went away.

I miss the bond between us, & I miss your kind support.
You're in my mind & in my heart & every Christmas thought.

I'll always feel you close to me, & though you're far from sight,
I'll search for you among the stars that shine on Christmas night.

Merry Christmas mom,  I love you & miss you."

This tribute was added by Tom Derden on 29th November 2013

"Mom, I really miss you and our pre Thanksgiving trip to Sam's to get all this fixings to make the perfect Thanksgiving dinners, that we all shared together. Those are memories I will always cherish!  The past few weeks I have been sad, as I thought of Thanksgiving and the holidays approaching and how will I handle this. Well the verdict is still out, but we had an awesome FAMILY Thanksgiving dinner like we have always had.  Lots of visiting, watching football and just great family fun as we talk about our childhood and great memories of you and dad. This day was much better than I had expected.  And I know you had a great Thanksgiving in heaven with Dad, Mike and all your family which has preceded you, as everyday is Thanksgiving in Heaven!  We miss you so, but your spirit will be with us always. I love you."

This tribute was added by Tanya Mounger on 28th November 2013

"Happy Thanksgiving, Aunt Bettye.  I thought so much about your babies today and how very much they are missing you.  Then I thought about you being with Sonny and Mike and all of your loved ones in heaven - and I smiled.  I love you so, so very much and I miss you always.  On this day I am eternally grateful to have had the blessing of you all of those wonderful years.   My memories are sweet and many.  I love you dearly.  May you be resting in eternal peace."

This tribute was added by patti cantu on 28th November 2013

"Mom, I hope you have the best Thanksgiving with dad, Mike , all your sisters & brother, grandma & grandpa. I know they are happy to be able to celebrate with you. Tho I miss stacking our little cart full of goodies. I can't express feelings any better than the past 2 tributes from Jess & Jenny. I love you so much."

This tribute was added by Jenny Lane on 28th November 2013

"Especially on this day, one of the holidays that you loved so much, brings to mind how much we miss you. You would start baking days before the day...and then, on Thanksgiving all the fixins and turkey cooking filled your home and made all of us feel the love that you gave each of us. I spent 30 plus Thanksgivings with you and will never forget them. Today we will gather at Tams...the prayer will be hard...but you will be with us and it will be a good day. Love and miss you "Irenia" xoxo"

This tribute was added by Jessica Gillham on 28th November 2013

"Grandma, I just wanted to stop by and say...I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, This time last year you were still holding strong & enjoyed every bit of pie... You slept;you enjoyed our laughs;&our small talks. Now , Today we have to face the reality that you are in Heaven enjoying Thanksgiving with your husband , son, sisters,& mom&dad. We miss you so very much, Never in my life I wanted to imagine celebrating ANY holiday without you tender voice. All those holidays we cherish, and keep our memories held tight and even tighter on days like this. I love you Grandma, I miss you so much! If there was only a phone in heaven, It would be blown up with our calls to  all of our loved ones. R.I.P Love, Jessica Donny & One and only Jaxen!"

This tribute was added by patti cantu on 18th November 2013

"Mom I Love You so very much & I miss you !!!!!!"

This tribute was added by Jessica Gillham on 15th November 2013

"" I love you , I miss you. Can't wait till i see you again. " May you rest in PEACE."

This tribute was added by patti cantu on 23rd October 2013

"Dearest Mom,
It's been 6 months since you've been gone. It's hasn't gotten any easier. I know it probably never will. I think about you every minute of every day. I love you & I miss you you so much. The holidays will be coming up soon & it will be so hard. But we will remember all the good times & cherish them always. Rest in Peace!"

This tribute was added by Jessica Gillham on 11th August 2013

"Dearest Grandma! I miss you oh so so much,  This year has definitely not been our year, weve had too many go to heaven already and its barely August!  I hate that I cant pick up the phone to call you and ask you questions like I always did. Theres not a day that goes by where I dont think about you, I love you. May you Rest In Peace with all those angels. Keep watching over us! *MyAngel*"

This tribute was added by Jenny Lane on 16th June 2013

"I know it was a very hard day for Patti, Tommy and Tammy yesterday...my heart ached, but their heartbreak is for their Mom...nothing or anyone will ever take her place. They know that I am here for them but not its not like having their Mom to confide in, laugh with, and cry with. I love you kids..and will always be kids to me! I promised her that I would "butt in"...like it or not..:)xoxo"

This tribute was added by Tammy Maxey on 16th June 2013

""Mom, I thought about you a lot yesterday.  I know you were celebrating your Birthday with Dad, Mike, your Sisters and your Brother, and many more.  There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you.  I cherish every moment we had together.  You will live in my heart forever. I Love You Mom & miss you so much.""

This tribute was added by Tanya Mounger on 16th June 2013

"Happy, Happy Birthday Aunt Bettye.  I miss you so very much.  Today I sat and looked at pictures of mom, you and Sonny and some of the trips you took together; smiling and laughing and looking like you all were having so much fun.  I could just smell the Clinique on both of you!  So glad you two got to be together today.  I think about you so very much and love your sweet self always. xoxo"

This tribute was added by Tom Derden on 16th June 2013

"Happy Birthday my angel, I miss you so much. I have great memories of celebrating your birthday and Fathers day together with you and dad. Oh how I miss those days. But we were able to celebrate many of these together as a family, I will cherish those days forever. I love you and dad forever, until we meet again may god bless us all still here on earth."

This tribute was added by patti cantu on 15th June 2013

"Mom, you just don't know how much I wanted to call you this morning to wish you Happy Birthday. And to see you. But i know you weren't alone. You had lots of angels to celebrate with.  Happy Birthday Mom.
I miss you & I love you so much. You are on my mind every single day. That will never change. But we will get to be together again someday."

This tribute was added by Jenny Lane on 15th June 2013

"This is the first time in many, many years, that you don't pick up the phone while I sing Happy Birthday...then you always said "thank you but Im trying to forget". Have a wonderful celebration with your husband, Mike, your sisters, your mom and dad....and so many more.
I miss you and think of you everyday."

This tribute was added by Jessica Gillham on 15th June 2013

"Grandma!!!! I miss you soo much!! I love you and just wanna say Happy Birthday to a wonderful person; I know you are looking down on us right now!Rest in Paradise my Angel!"

This tribute was added by Tom Derden on 12th May 2013

"Mom, "Happy Mothers Day", what a great mother you were and I have so many great memories of that.  I miss you so much, but am staying so busy I don't leave any time to think about it, time will help.   But its going to take lots of it.   I love you!"

This tribute was added by patti cantu on 9th May 2013

"Mom, As I sit here at work,I'm watching the rain come down, constantly thinking about you. I have lots of moments when I have to leave the room. It's just so hard. I know you are better now but my selfishness is wanting you here. I know on the outside most of the time people think I am doing fine. But i'm not. I break down a lot. Anyway, it's about to be Mother's Day & you will be missed."

This tribute was added by Jessica Gillham on 8th May 2013

"Grandma!!! I love and miss you dearly;It feels great to know youve been watching over us this whole timee:) Im so proud to say , i looked just like you&i wanna be just like you&grandpa with my marriage. Jaxen misses you soooo much.  I know we all cross your mind.
We love you Angel!"

This tribute was added by Jessica Gillham on 4th May 2013

"Grandma! I have been doing nothing but thinking about you these last few days!! I love you and miss you dearly;still very hard to believe youve moved on to be with the lord! As we celebrated Katys 18th birtbday,We all know you were right there with us. I miss you being there in person;but your definetly by our sides. Love you Angel."

This tribute was added by Jessica Gillham on 20th April 2013

"My Sweet Precious Grandma; I just wanted to stop by and say... I love you soo much and miss you dearly. You will be my heart FOREVR. Jaxen loves you and misses his Great Grandma. He knows you are up there celebrating with Grandpa. RIP Angel. #fly.high.we.love&.miss.you"

This tribute was added by patti cantu on 19th April 2013

"Mom , I miss you so much. I think of you everyday & I will always have you in my heart. I can't wait to see the roses grow that Tammy planted in memory of you. They will be as beautiful as you, and they will always be taken care of. I Love you mama !"

This tribute was added by Tammy Maxey on 18th April 2013

"We all planted some rose bushes for you Mom on Sunday April 14,2013.  They are starting to bloom out and are beautiful. I miss you so much but I know you are with me everyday."

This tribute was added by Jenny Lane on 16th April 2013

"I guess its ok to write more than once or twice...after all, this tribute will last for quite awhile....
I just want to say, that every picture posted here tells you what she was about----FAMILY. She adored this family more than life itself.
Happiness to her was spelled FAMILY. Miss her..."

This tribute was added by Tom Derden on 14th April 2013

"Mom, It's hard for me to put into words what you meant to me. I have never been so proud to be a Momma's boy! All of my freinds told me how nice you were and they always liked coming to my house, you always made everyone feel so welcome. You had a special gift of sharing Love and blessing our Family. I love you so much and will miss you, but I know there is a family reunion in heaven."

This tribute was added by delene williams on 14th April 2013

"Aunt Bettye... I will miss you dearly, but I know in my heart you are in a better place. Even though you were my great Aunt I always thought of you as an Aunt. I will have great memories of our time together and on the phone. I will cherish our laughs always. Thank you for believing in me. Tell everyone hello and give grandmother Carr my love. Until we meet again. Love you so much. Delene"

This tribute was added by Tanya Mounger on 13th April 2013

"Sweet, precious Aunt Bettye....my heart is heavy but I know you are where you have wanted to be; rejoicing with all of your loved ones. Thank you for a lifetime of loving me unconditionally and memories I will forever cherish. You were Mom's aunt, but really you were her best friend. I miss and love you dearly. Please tell Momma I miss and love her always. Walk those streets of gold. Sissy"

This tribute was added by Tammy Maxey on 13th April 2013

"Mom, we have many memories that I will cherish forever.  You were  always doing your best to make sure we all were taken care of all the time and would not have had it any other way.  The sweetest dearest Mother in the world. Until we meet again may you Rest in Peace.  I love you so much & will miss you dearly."

This tribute was added by Jenny Lane on 13th April 2013

"Of the hundreds of times going to her home, not a thing ever out of place, ever! She and Sonny always "dressed" in clothing like they were going somewhere, when actually, they were going to sit in their recliners, next to each other, watching their favorite shows.The many tins of fudge and cookies she sent home with us at Christmas! Mike had his own "private stash". Oh how she loved him!<3"

This tribute was added by Jenny Lane on 13th April 2013

"You were my mother n law but even better my very close friend. We laughed, we cried, we shared secrets for 38 years. Your wit always made me laugh out...your trust in me made me feel a part of you.  You loved me and my daughter from the start, then my grandchildren became your blessed little ones too. You blessed my marriage to Mark and loved him from first sight. Thank you for loving me."

This tribute was added by Jessica Gillham on 11th April 2013

"Grandma, You were the sweetest lady on this earth!!! My heart is breaking right now because you have went to be with the lord;Your husband,Son,&Sisters..We all know you are in a much better place! We miss you dearly;you will be FOREVER in our hearts, Until we meet again, Gramma..Fly High my Angel:) Rest in Paradise Beautiful.
We love you, Always&Forever"

This tribute was added by Rafael Cantu on 11th April 2013

"This is a tribute my wonderful mother-in-law,grandmother of my children,nieces,nephews.That has gone to her eternal resting place with our lord and savior. She will be missed very much here on earth. We love you very much we will see you again AMEN."

This tribute was added by patti cantu on 9th April 2013

"Mom, There was no one else in this world better than you for a mom.
You took care of us & loved us with everything you had. You were my best friend & my shopping buddy. My heart is breaking,.But you are in a better place than me. I Love you & I will miss you so much."


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