Betty Mae (Gaylor) Hilbers, 76, Camp Verde, died at home Oct. 2, 2007, with her husband, Vernon, and family at her bedside.
Betty was born Nov. 21, 1930, in Muncie, Ind., to Ernest and Connie Gaylor. Her family moved to Phoenix in August 1946 when she was 15. Vernon and Betty were married in Phoenix on June 10, 1951.
There were two children born of this union, Kathleen Lynn and David Vernon. They lived their entire married life in Arizona on ranches and farms.
Betty delighted in being a rancher's wife, a loving mother, playing classical violin, and was an accomplished fiddler. Betty was an accomplished poet, recognized by the American Poetry Association on July 30, 1989 with the prestigious Poet of Merit Trophy. She wrote over 200 poems. A book of her western ranch poems, "Moods and Inspirations Western Style" was published in 1989. At the time of her passing she had a second book ready for publication.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Vernon Wesley; daughter, Kathleen Lynn; son, David Vernon; sister, Dixie (George) Bartos; brother-in-law, Dr. Charles (Donna) Hilbers; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 12 at the chapel of Bueler Funeral Home, 143 Arnold St., Camp Verde.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Cottonwood Seventh-day Adventist Church, 51 W. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood.
Betty will be laid to rest 10 a.m. Oct. 15 at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, Phoenix,
Bueler Funeral Home assisted the family.