Billy Jo (Swindle) (Wooten) Watson, 82, of Grove, passed from this life Friday, May 10, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
She was born to Perry and Edna (Shumate) Swindle June 21, 1935 in Kendricktown, near Carthage, Missouri. She was the third of four sisters.
She married James H. (Jim) Wooten on Aug. 13, 1955. They had two children: Julie and Jeff.
After 25 years of marriage, and 14 years divorced, Jim and Billy remarried Dec. 31, 1995 and retired on Grand Lake until his passing on Oct. 5, 2001.
She worked in the retail shoe and jewelry business. She retired from Goodwill Industries as a store manager in 1995.
She worked as parish secretary for St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Grove, retiring in 2009 when she and Dale Watson were married in June.
They enjoyed travelling in their motor home, with their beloved Shih Tzu Minnie, as members of "The Ozark Prairie Schooners" organization; eating and playing at various casinos, and hosting Christmas dinner for family and friends, including Cathy (Tilley) (Evans) Moore, her dear friend when both lived in Hominy, and Marques Phelps, both of Grove.
She had been a member of the Leggett & Platt ladies bowling team, and FBC, Hominy, Lakeview Heights Baptist church, WOTM/ Moose Lodge-Tulsa, St. Andrews, and ECW, Grove, and VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband Dale Watson; their Shih Tzu pup “Sweetie”; daughter Julie (Wooten) Martin, of Grove; son Jeff Wooten (Joy), of Hominy, Oklahoma; Dale's daughters: Cassandra Riley of Cross Plains, Tennessee and Dodie Edmonds of Henderson, Texas; a grandson Ryan Wooten (Kristy) and their children Bretly and Bailynn of Texas; sister Betty Salzer (Mike); niece Suzi (Salzer) Powell (Tom); and their daughter Olivia Rose, all of Joplin, Missouri; nephew Sam Griffith (Dana) of Addis, Louisiana and great-nephews: Chance (Denise) Russ (Tera), Adam (Mandy) of North Carolina, and their children.
Billy Jo was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jim Wooten, two sisters: Bobby Griffith and her husband Ross, and their son Joel of Lexington, North Carolina, and Shirley Byrd and husband Huck of Tulsa.
A celebration of life service and interment will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 16, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Grove, with Fr. David Bridges officiating.
The Cremation Society of Oklahoma-Tulsa were entrusted with her cremains.
In lieu of flowers, Billy requested donations be made to the ECW Episcopal Church Women's group).