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Betty Lathan

Betty Jean Lathan

Friday, September 10th, 1948 - Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
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Betty Jean Bledsoe Lathan, 70, born to Rev Wilbart (deceased) and Daphinie Bledsoe, September 10,1948 in Marlin, Texas “Let Go” of this world Tuesday, April 3, 2019. Service of praise and celebration will be held Saturday April 13, 2019 at 11:00am at First United Methodist Church 300 North Main Street Midland, Texas 79701. Wake service will be held Friday April 12, 2019 6-8pm at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Arrangements entrusted to Dove Funeral Home of Abilene, TX; viewing Thomas Funeral Home 1502 N. Lamesa Rd. Midland, Texas 79701. Friday 12-4pm

Betty the second of six children made education a big part of her life starting with Booker T. Washington, Marlin, Tx. 1967 Levelland High graduate; Bachelor Science West Texas State University Canyon, Texas; and Masters Education Sul Ross State University, Alpine Texas. Her love for teaching carried her to Lamesa ISD, Ector ISD, Midland ISD, Milburn and Midland Academy Charter Schools. She gave her best to students as an English teacher and retired after 39 years for health reasons.
She was a woman of status serving on the boards of Midland Community Healthcare Clinic and MTCU Organization. She was a woman of purpose; published author, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Negro and Professional Women, LINKS Inc. Midland Interdenominational Ministers Wives, past dean, youth director and Mission II president for Progressive West Texas District Association, Ministers and Deacons Wives of Mt. Calvary, Dorcas Mission II, Sunday school, Training Union and VBS teacher. She was a woman of influence; founder and organizer of Women of Strength and Lunch Bunch. She was a woman of love for Carver Class of 67 and especially her family.
Betty met and married her true love the late Rev, Robert E, Lathan June 1, 1974. She cherished her role as 1st Lady alongside her husband at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Midland, Texas for 28 years. God gave them one son Robert Antoine Lathan who loved, sacrificed and cared for both until separated by death. Betty loved meeting people and talking. Robert Antoine and wife April gave her the greatest topics of conversation, her grandkids, Nyla, Braylon and Raylan. Her passion was seeking the need of others and emerging herself in a solution to meet that need. Betty’s report card of life contained A preacher’s daughter the pianist/choir director/soloist; Big sister the supporter/role model; Robert’s Companion/confidant; Devoted mother and grandmother; Excellent god mother/aunt/teacher and friend. Fulfilling that passion caused her conflict between staying in Midland or moving to Houston so she received an F at Houston Hospice on Wednesday April 3, 2019 @4:27am – purpose Fulfilled.
She leaves to mourn her mother Daphinie Bledsoe of Kingwood, TX; one son and daughter in law Robert Antoine (April) Lathan of Houston, Texas, three grandchildren; Nyla Levette, Braylon Uriaha and Raylan Azeem Lathan; two sisters; Sylvia (Jimmie) Sims of Humble, TX, Mary Bledsoe of Dallas TX; three brothers Dr. Wilbert Earl (Leslie) Bledsoe of Albuquerque, NM, Pervis (Gwen) Bledsoe of Lithonia GA, Larry Bledsoe of Abilene, TX ; brother-in-law; Richard Floyd of Houston, TX; sister-in-law Lottye Burns of Cedar Hill, Texas; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, classmates, and many, many friend. Online condolences may be made at www.dovefuneralhome.net
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, April 12th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
    303 E. Shandon Ave.
    Midland, TX 79705
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 11:00am
    First United Methodist Church
    300 N. Main St.
    Midland, TX 79701
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Irene Jones

Posted at 11:47pm
It is with heavy hearts that we express our love and prayers for the family of our beloved sister Betty Lathan. The members of the Texas Association of Ministers Wives and Ministers Widows, the Mis-Southwest Region Association of Ministers Wives and Ministers Widows, and the IAMWMW, Inc. (International Association of Ministers Wives and Ministers Widows, Inc.) we will truly miss our dear sister and pray that God will grant you comfort and peace as you celebrate the life of Sis. Lathan. God Bless you always. Love, Irene Jones

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Posted at 02:12pm
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Carolyn Freightman Farris & Family

Posted at 04:44pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your lossour thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Posted at 05:24pm
My sincere condolences to the family may God's promises found at Acts 24:15 and Psalms 37:29 bring you comfort at this difficult time.

Nila Guzman Abilene TX

Posted at 11:33am
I am so very sorry for your loss.Please accept my sincerest condolences for the family and friends of Ms. Betty Lathan. May "the God of all comfort"(2 Corinthians 1:3,4)give you comfort and hope with the promise at John 5:28,29("Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice (29) and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.")
Sincerely, Nila Guzman

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