Monday, September 25, 2017

Betty June Willis Conine

Betty June Willis Conine, a long-time resident of the Panama City area, passed away Monday, September 18 in Orlando, Florida at the age of 85. Born September 7,1932 in Hartford, Alabama, Betty was a 1950 graduate of Bay High School and long-time civil servant, retiring in 1997 from Tyndall Air Force Base.

Known simply as “Granny” or “Aunt Bet” by her loving family, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, she was a genuine caretaker to all whose supportive and rational advice was sought out and cherished. Betty loved to dance, especially at The Hangout in old Panama City Beach. She was also a voracious reader, avid cruciverbalist, intense follower of politics, and enjoyed researching and sharing family history with the other "First Cousins" of the Shields family.

Betty is preceded in death by father Grover Willis and mother Lena Shields Willis, brothers Earl and Henry, and sisters Gaynell Klein and Sue Swanson. She is survived by her three children, Sherry (Ted) Czupryk of Memphis,TN; Don (Sabrena) Conine of Ballwin, MO; and Beth (Ron) Otts of Ocoee; six grandchildren, Tara Czupryk of New York, NY; Candise (Michael) White of St. Louis, MO; Derek Conine of St. Louis, MO; Josh (Bailey) Czupryk of Memphis, TN.; Ashley (Paul) Saitta of St. Louis, MO; and Morgan (Steven) Tucker of Ocoee, FL, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren Breanna, Tinley, Grayson, and Gavin, and her loyal dachshund Coco.

The family will be welcoming friends and loved ones for the visitation on Thursday, September 28th from 5pm-7pm at Wilson Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be held on Friday at 1pm at Wilson Funeral Home with Pastor Luther Stanford officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to Pedal the Cause, an organization close to her heart. 

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7


Phazeurite said...

It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love; and when it happens , the thought of never again being able to talk to, laugh with, or hold your love one can be most difficult to bear. That pain is not necessarily erased by being told that your love one is up in heaven. The bible, holds a out a much different hope. At Job 14:14,15, it says that the God of comfort Jehovah, yearns to bring back those who are in his memory and to see them alive on earth. I really hope this thought brings family and friends comfort.

M Jones said...

I would like to offer my condolences for your loss. I hope you will find comfort in knowing that Jehovah, the God of all comfort, will soon eliminate all grief and provide permanent consolation when “all those in the memorial tombs will hear [Christ’s] voice and come out”! (John 5:28, 29) God promises that “he will do away with death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isa. 25:8) Then, instead of having to “weep with those who weep,” all earth’s inhabitants will “rejoice with those who rejoice.”​—Rom. 12:15.

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry for your loss! I recently lost my grandfather and I know how difficult the grieving process can be at times.
While many believe that death is just the natural course of life,  the Bible teaches us that this was not God's original purpose for mankind.  When he created Adam and Eve, God originally intended that they and their offspring live forever, healthy and on a beautiful paradise earth.  Of course,  we know that Adam and Eve disobeyed thus condemning mankind to continue to grow old and die.  But does that fact leave us without any hope?

No, in fact the Bible actually gives us a wonderful hope for the future! Not only does God promise that he will get rid of death forever and that no one will ever die again  (Revelation 21:3,4) but he also promises us that he will bring them back to life (John 5:28,29) and we will see them again.  This wonderful future hope is something that I look forward to everyday and it brings me great comfort to know that I will soon see my grandfather again,  healthy and vibrant!
I hope the my message has brought you some measure of comfort.  If you'd like to learn more about this and other Bible topics, I encourage you to follow the links below which will take you to a Web site that is a great Bible study tool that I use often  to help answer Bible questions.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!