Elizabeth “Betty” Gonzalez Barrera peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, surrounded by her loving family, on the morning of February 12, 2022. She was born March 28, 1960, in Iraan, Texas to Elpidio and Hortencia Barrera.
As a young child, she developed mental and physical toughness while living on ranches where her father worked. Betty learned to improvise, making anything work. A courageous young woman who feared nothing, never afraid to tackle any situation without hesitation. Later, the family relocated to McCamey, Texas where she attended school and made lifelong friends. Betty, as she was known by her family and friends, was a very loving and caring person whose family with the center of her universe. She never missed family events and was always helping to make each event the best of all the family gatherings. Betty was a generous person that would put others before herself, she would give to others even at times when she herself had to do without. She was the life of the party, she enjoyed laughter, music, and dancing. Betty’s mother instilled in her life skills to deal effectively with the demands of everyday life and shared her love for baking and preparing delicious meals. Betty loved arts and crafts, making many fine pieces as gifts for relatives and friends. Not having children of her own, Betty thoroughly loved and enjoyed her nieces and nephews, who in her eyes could do no wrong. She had the unique ability to remember family and friend’s birthdays and anniversaries, always the first to send well wishes and greetings. Despite being the next to the youngest, Betty knew the family history better than most family members and always had her documentation to prove it.
Betty is now reunited with family members who preceded her in death: her loving husband, Johnny Cortez; father, Elpidio Barrera; mother, Hortencia Barrera; her sister, Adelita Tarin; nephews Thomas Christopher Barrera and Jesse Matthew Barrera and sister-in-law Yolanda Barrera.
Betty will be fondly remembered by her brothers, Johnny Barrera of Big Lake, Texas, Pete Barrera and wife, Trudy of Barnhart, Texas, sisters, Lupe Barrera and husband, Jesse Barrera of Big Lake, Texas, sister, Eva Benavides of McCamey, Texas. Her niece who tirelessly cared for her, Maybell Carrasco and husband, Alfredo of Big Lake, Texas; nieces, Emma Williams of Weatherford, Oklahoma, Melinda Barrera of Irving, Texas, Regina Fuentes, Krystal Barrera and Melissa Cobos of Monahans, Texas, Angie Benavides of Midland, Texas, Tiffany Delarosa of Big Lake, Texas, Melanie Aiguier of Midland, Texas; nephews, Ernest Barrera of Sweetwater, Texas, Jaime Benavides, of McCamey, Texas and David Alaman of Coahoma, Texas as well as numerous other grand nieces and nephews.
Pall Bearers are Roy Heredia, Alfredo Carrasco, Freddy Carrasco, Jordan Munoz, Jeremiah Barrera, Ely Barrera, Matthew Ramirez, Isaiah Carrasco.
Having been raised in a Christian home Betty became a woman of unwavering faith, always willing to share her testimony with anyone she had contact with
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