Betty Lou Fauchier, 92, died peacefully at home in Oxford, Kansas on May 27, 2018, after a long, healthy life and a brief illness, and surrounded by loving family. She was born on July 5, 1925 in Medford, Oklahoma to Clarence Martin Fauchier and Arvilla “Todd” Belle (Snelling) Fauchier.
After graduating from high school in 1942, Betty moved with her two older sisters, Mary Helen and Dorothy Gene, to Enid, Oklahoma, where Betty graduated Business School, worked at Enid Air Force Base (then called the Army Flying School), and danced with the soldiers at the USO on Saturday nights. She wrote to an Army ambulance driver, Wallace Monroe Fauchier, throughout the war; he survived the Pacific Theater, and upon his return they wed on November 22, 1945. Betty never needed to change her last name, as she and Wally coincidentally shared the name Fauchier, though they were not related. Wally and Betty established their home in Blackwell, Oklahoma, then in 1965 when their oldest son Danny was attending Southwestern College, the family followed him to Kansas, over the years living in Oxford, Wellington, and Winfield.
When asked how she had managed everything all those years – raising four children, maintaining a farm household, and working full-time as a bookkeeper until she was 80 – she replied with only one word: coffee.
In addition to her children Danny, Char, Randy, and Tammy, she is survived by her daughter-in-law Shana, many nieces and nephews, ten grandchildren (Lara, Angele, Darren, Rusty, Joahn, Jessica, Lizzie, Chelsey, Kaleb, and Hannah), and eleven great-grandchildren (Ashley, Megan, Jennifer, Mikaela, Ellis, Thalia, Zach, Annie, Levi, Delilah, and Ella). Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years Wally, her parents, her sisters Mary Helen and Gene, and her grandson Willie.
Services will be held Saturday, June 9 at 2:00pm at Shelley Family Funeral Home, 803 Loomis St., Winfield, Kansas. She will be interred at a private ceremony at the Winfield Veterans’ Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Kindred Hospice of Winfield.
Betty was a warm, joyful, kind woman who loved to laugh, loved babies, and loved chocolate. She will be deeply missed.