Bettie Joy Mikeska Bethke, 88, of Victoria, passed away just after her 88th birthday, Sunday, April 14, 2019. Bettie's family and friends will gather for visitation, Thursday, April 18th at Grace Funeral Home, 2401 Houston Hwy. in Victoria from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. A service celebrating Bettie's life and her faith will be at 10:00AM, Friday, April 19th at Grace Funeral Home - Houston Hwy. Burial will follow at Port Lavaca Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason Mikeska, David Keefer Jr., Bryan Jones, Mathew Bain, Britney Brockwell, Ashley Dygert, Nicole Jones, and Kaleb Mikeska. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Smith, David Jones, Dryden Jones, and Christine Mikeska.
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Bettie was born April 12, 1931 in Refugio, Texas to the late Syrus Washington and Exie Mayhall Alexander. Bettie worked for Comal Cottons at the Village Mall and later for Dillard's at the mall. She also worked as an insurance agent for over 15 years for American General Insurance. Bettie's passion was her family, her home was known in the neighborhood as the place to hang out, and there was always plenty of goodies to eat. She was an avid reader and enjoying sewing, alterations, embroidery and quilting. On those sunny days she could be found out in the yard working in her flowerbeds. Bettie was the last matriarch in the family. Her loving nature and spirit will be deeply missed.
Bettie was preceded in death by her parents, Syrus and Exie Alexander; her siblings, Syrus Alexander Jr., Annie Alexander and Ola Gara; the father of her children, Marvin Joseph Mikeska, Sr. in 2007; her son, Dennis Ray Mikeska; her great-nephew, Kyle Bayley; and her second husband, Aubrey James "Sonny Boy" Bethke in 2004.
Bettie leaves to cherish her memory her loving children, Rebecca Mikeska Smith and husband, Richard of Spring, Marsha Mikeska Bain and husband, David of Victoria, Marvin Joseph Mikeska, Jr. and wife, Karen and Judith Mikeska Higdon of Victoria; grandchildren, Jason Lee Mikeska and wife, Nickie, David Harris Keefer Jr., Bryan Wayne Jones and wife Rachel, Mathew James Bain and wife, Grace, Britney Joy Brockwell, Ashley Marie Dygert and husband, Jeremy, Justin Dale Smith and wife, Brandy, and Christine Anna Mikeska; her 10 great-grandchildren loved their “Granny B.”; nieces and nephews whom were very dear to her, Jennifer Gietzen and husband Jeff, Katie Morton and husband Jeff, Bettie Rae Hairston, Kay Dandy and husband Gary, Vickie Spann and husband Glen, Shirley Gisler and husband, David, and Calvin Mikeska and wife, Stephanie; and thirteen great-nieces and nephews blessed her and made her smile with their visits
Memorial donations in Bettie's memory are requested to be sent to the St. Jude's Foundation.