2018-09-13 / Obituaries

Betty Bishop

Betty Bishop, 73, passed away peacefully in San Antonio, Texas, on September 2, after significant struggles with vascular dementia. She will be dearly missed and remembered by many loving family members and friends. Private interment with immediate family will occur at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on a future date.

Betty was born on May 5, 1945, to Frances and Nolan Wheelis in Washington, Georgia. Following high school there, she completed her B.S. in Education at Woman’s College of Georgia. She started her career of teaching elementary school in Atlanta, Georgia. It was there that she met her future husband, Garland (Pete) Bishop, and stepson, Barry Bishop, who were stationed in the U.S. Army at Ft. McPherson. She married Pete in 1972, and their successful career included assignments to Kansas, Hawaii, Texas, Washington, and finally back to San Antonio, Texas, for retirement in 1989. Although totally unfamiliar with the military lifestyle at first, she quickly learned how to effectively manage and balance family and military in different environments every few years, as all military spouses can appreciate.

Betty also continued to volunteer and teach in various capacities in each location of her residence. Most notably, at Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft. Lewis, Washington, her efforts as Chairman of Volunteers earned her the Clara Barton Medal of Excellence. She also served as president of the Army Wives Club. Once back in San Antonio, she returned to full time teaching at St. Thomas Episcopal School. After over 30 cumulative years of teaching across the country, she fulfilled her true passion of elementary education and retired in 2012.

Throughout her life, travels, and career, Betty established many bonds and friendships, both in the military and the civilian community. It was impossible for her to be out in town and not be recognized and approached by friends, former students, and their parents.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Pete Bishop; a stepson, Barry Bishop and his wife Rosemary, and his children, Christopher Aguayo, and Jaclyn Barnes, and her husband Zach Barnes. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas Wheelis and his wife Vicki; her nephew, Kevin Wheelis and his wife Amy and family, all of Brunswick, Georgia; a niece, Ashley Wheelis of Lewisville, Texas, and aunt, Norma Wallace, and family of Washington, Georgia. In addition to her loving family, she leaves behind many adoring friends and students.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: a local Alzheimer’s Association, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or a local veterans organization.

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Porter Loring Mortuary was in charge of arrangement.

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