NORMAN — Betty Jane Becknell Houck was born Feb. 25, 1938, in Stella, the fourth child born to William Charles and Lillie (Freels) Becknell. She went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Norman Regional Hospital at the age of 76.
Miss Betty attended school at Stella Community. She was a lifetime resident of the Norman and Noble area. Miss Betty was a waitress and cook in the Norman and Noble area but spent the last 30 years as head cook for her niece, Pam Smith, at Poor Boy’s restaurant in Noble. People came daily to eat at Poor Boy’s if they knew Betty was cooking. She had her standard morning crowd of gentlemen every morning for breakfast because all the waitress had to do was give her their name and she knew exactly what to cook for them.
In her younger years, Betty liked to go dancing and play pool. As she got older, she enjoyed sewing, painting, working puzzles, garage sales, shopping and tending to her yard, but, most of all, decorating her house for each and every holiday, especially Christmas. Betty was probably the first person in Noble to decorate her house for Christmas. Everyone in Noble would know it was time when they drove down Etowah Road and saw Betty’s lights on. She never wavered on decorating; she went all out, and no telling how many family members she called to help.
Cooking was Betty’s gift to everyone, especially her family and patrons at Poor Boy’s. If she decided to make cinnamon rolls, she called every member of her family and took several dozens to the restaurant for everyone. It didn’t have to be a special day for Betty to prepare a meal. If she decided to cook, she would start before daylight and cook all day and night, then call all of her family to come over for a feast. On holidays, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family members could not eat all the food she would cook.