Stillwater News Press


August 27, 2013

Betty Joe Hagle Lauener

Betty Joe Hagle Lauener, 90, of Oklahoma City, completed her earthly life Aug. 23, 2013, at her home. She was born July 20, 1923, to Roscoe Conklin and Lottie Ethel (Lowman) Hagle in Depew.

After graduating from Oilton High School in Oilton in 1941, she joined the war effort as a “Rosie the Riveter,” building fuselages of the Spartan NP1. She received many awards of excellence from J. Paul Getty while working at Spartan Aircraft Tulsa.

In 1949, she married Loris D. Lauener of Jennings. In 1951, they moved to Stillwater where he began his degree at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma A&M College. After her husband graduated from one of the first vet med classes in 1954, they moved to Oklahoma City to establish their home and start his career. Married 59 years, she was the epitome of Proverbs 31.

Primarily a homemaker, she devoted her life to her husband and family. Her immediate and extended family enjoyed vacationing and camping together. She loved to dance and to do handwork including sewing, quilting, cross-stitching and painting. Her passion was helping anyone in need, always the first one to lend support. She was the mom who was the troop leader, homeroom mom and willing volunteer. Humble in everything she did, she never wanted to be in the spotlight. Her joy was the laughter and happiness of her children and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Brooke Adams; and siblings, Hellen Tompkins and husband Ted, Virgie Viola “Dotie” Moore and husband Kenneth, Ira “Bud” Hagle, and Mary Ramsey and husband Darrell.

She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Littrell and husband Steve of Oklahoma City, and Maribeth Adams and husband Jerry of McKinney, Texas; and granddaughters, Gretchen Adams of McKinney, and Kaydee Salyer and husband David of McKinney; sister-in-law, Ruby Hagle, wife of Bud. Our sincerest heartfelt thanks to all of her amazing caregivers, Anke Knapp, Kia Beverly, Mary Herron, Heather Furr, Ashley Generette and most caring Excell Homecare and Hospice team of Dylan Cole, Melanie, Amber, Markita and Trish.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Oklahoma State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076-1749. Please indicate “Dr. Loris D. and Betty J. Lauener Memorial Fund” when making a contribution. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Highland Cemetery in Oilton. Pallbearers Steve Littrell, Jerry Adams, Dale Ayers, David Salyer, Ryan Ayers and Jeremy Ayers. Family visitation at Mercer-Adams in Bethany, Okla., from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. To share a memory or condolence, visit



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