Betty Gayle Smith - 1963
Bio & Picture from 40th
Betty Gayle's Photo History
Betty answers to Charley's Questionnaire
Smith – 2008-06-27
I am retired
since surviving a stroke on July 12, 2003 which has disabled the left side
of my body. Prior to that, I spent 40 years working in the insurance
industry and teaching history and geography to 8th graders in Houston,
Tx. The teaching was the first career after M.U., with that being 6 yrs.
I moved back to Boone County in 1985.
interests are in labyrinths and peace poles. My goal is to establish
labyrinths for walking meditation in all the schools in Boone County.
I have been setting up temporary labyrinths at Earth Day and First Night,
with a lot of help from my friends, for the past several years. We
have established a permanent wildflower labyrinth near Centralia, 2 other
labyrinths at local churches, and a small one in my front yard. Our
group is called Labyrinths of Turtle Island. I also have assisted
in establishing and dedicating Peace Poles in Boone County and adding to
the over 220,000, worldwide. Everybody needs a Peace Pole in their
front or backyard.
last reunion, which I missed most of it due to the stroke, I have driven
to Texas twice, to check on some property I still own there, and also have
enjoyed a trip to Saskatchewan to give a presentation at the International
Master Gardeners Convention. I work with the Plant A Row for the
Hungry project in our local master gardener group in providing fresh vegetables
to the local food bank. During the past five years, I have also worked
with the English as a Second Language Literacy Program, and most recently
have worked with a family from Liberia. I try to stay active and
not depressed by keeping as busy as possible even though deafness in the
left ear and inability to maintain balance are very real frustrations and
challenges to me. I want to be able to get to Machu Picchu, yet.
Best wishes to all of you. Betty Gayle Smith
November 15, 2012
I'm not feeling creative, so
I'm just going to try and address the questions:
1) I am a native of Boone County, born in the old
University hospital which later was the University Lab School. Lived w/my folks
west of Columbia on the farm until I graduated from MU in 1967. Attended a rural
grade school, grades 1-8, Strawn School, so didn't meet my '63 classmates until
9th grade at Jeff Jr.
went on to MU and graduated in '67 with a BS in Education and moved to Houston,
TX. in Aug. 67, to teach 7th & 8th graders, history, for 6 years. Went on to
become an insurance claim representative with St.Paul Ins. Co, and eventually a
Claims Manager for 14 counties and 32 agents in East Tx. Acquired a Casualty
Property Claims Law Associate designation through further education with St.
3) I moved back
to MO in 1985 and worked for other insurance companies and was last working for
Cornerstone Insurance until I had a stroke on July 12, 2003.
4) I have been disabled since 2003.
5) I have done volunteer work since the forced
retirement, working as a lay chaplain at my church, Unity of Columbia,
Columbia's Senior Ctr., and various projects for Heart of Mo. Master Gardeners.
6) I am divorced from a texan, Raymond Jenkins since
1984. We were married for 5 years. I have not remarried.
7) My only child, Deidre Jenkins Henry was born in
1980. So far, I only have 2 granddogs, Trixie and Tanner, both rescuees from the
pound. She married Matt Henry in 2009. They are both graduates of Linn Tech. I
get discounts at O'Reilly's due to Deidre's Paint Specialist designation there.
8) I have visited all the states west of the
Mississippi as well as most of the eastern ones. I also have visited Great
Britain, France, Mexico, Costa Rica and Saskatchewan in Canada.
9) I have always wanted to go to New Zealand, Peru,
and Easter Island.
not a veteran. My ex was a Vietnam vet.
11) Artcraft class and Mrs. Moreau was my better
memories. Being called to the board to prove something in Mr. Proffer's plane
geometry class was the worst.
12) I enjoyed 4-H and my friends
13) Mrs. Moreau is deceased I believe. Mrs Barr was a
real inspiration as well.
14) probably just Charley, I see Carolyn Kemper
16) just how the
physical plant has changed since the "old" days
17) working in the garden, specifically, my mom's
vegetable garden. Setting out trotlines in the MO. River, and pole lines in
Perche Creek with my dad, Glenn Smith, a '36 grad of Hickman. Thoughts of
pre-I-70 and non pavement of Providence and no Stadium Blvd. Kewpie and MU
football games were good memories..
18) I was proud to be selected for the Cresset Staff
and remember Mrs. Barr as a real inspiration. I also got an Artcraft award at
the end of the year.
Being terrified of Mattie Malone's dodge ball throws
20) Mr. Proffer, in that, it is possible to overcome
total fear. Mrs. Hawkins, in that you really knew a language when you were able
to speak it in your dreams, not that I conquered French, but I have had some
close encounters in Spanish. I have learned from my "continuing educational"
superiors over the years, that "you can do just about anything you make up your
mind to do."
Charley, thanks for all the time, energy. and plain
hard work you put into helping ALL former and present Kewpies remember their
Hickman High days. YOU are appreciated!
Betty Gayle's Photo History
Betty Gayle - 6 months
Age 6 or 7
Age 6 or 7
7th Grade Strawn School
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