Betty Jo Stanley Doak

Betty Jo Doak, 90 of Houston, Texas passed away Friday, August 24, 2018. Mrs. Doak, was born in Kleenkoal, West Virginia on August 16, 1928 to Edith Squires Stanley and Louis Goebel Stanley. Betty Jo was a woman who loved her family dearly and happened to be kind and motherly to all she met. She had a quick wit and was a friend to many, and she was willing to share her opinions on a wide variety of subjects. She was an intelligent, independent, strong, loving, quick witted woman. A fantastic cook she taught all her children the joys of the kitchen. Betty Jo was an excellent hostess, conversationalist, and a voracious reader who solved crossword puzzles with ease. Betty Jo loved children and taught school for over 30 years. She was excellent at mathematics and accounting, becoming a lifelong teacher and tutor. Her mathematics prowess made her a fantastic card shark and she loved playing cards with family as well as playing tournament bridge. She loved the sun and reading poolside and Betty Jo was a huge fan of college football and basketball routing the Texas Longhorns, Kentucky Wildcats and Duke Blue Devils to victory.

After a successful high school career she met the love of her life, Robert Marsh Doak, while attending Marietta College in Ohio. Betty Jo graduated from Marietta College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and then married Bob Doak at St. Andrews Methodist Church on June 4, 1950. They then began to build their family in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Betty Jo had a true love as well as a zest for life. Betty Jo belonged to many groups and was a 50 year member of Alpha Xi Delta order of the Rose sorority, Junior League member of Parkersburg, the Daughters of the American Revolution and her many bridge clubs. She enjoyed both domestic as well as international travel and had a love for the United Kingdom. She often talked of Scotland and Ireland and had wonderful memories of her travels with Bob. She had a love of antiques, shopping and always spoiled her family at Christmas.

She is preceded in her death by her parents and her husband Robert Marsh Doak. Betty Jo is survived by her children John Michael Doak, Richard Lewis Doak and wife Elsa, Susan Beth Doak Copeland and husband Russell; grandchildren Eric Michael Doak, Justin Marsh Copeland, Christopher Lee Copeland; great grandchildren Taylor Copeland, Carson Doak, Emory Doak; brother William Stanley and wife Shirley of Parkersburg, West Virginia; sister Beverly Stanley of Lexington, Kentucky; numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to recognize and sincerely thank Susan Beth Copeland for her love, devotion and service to Betty Jo over the last years of her life. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be sent under Betty Jo Doak’s name to: The Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 or PO Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011