Betty Lou (Scroggs) Dobyns, age 84, of Springfield, MO
Betty Lou (Scroggs) Dobyns, of Springfield, MO, died peacefully on Saturday afternoon, April 2, surrounded by her family. Her passing was the result of post-surgical complications after suffering from a fractured vertebra and broken leg.
Born on April 21, 1931 in Bunkie, LA to John and Fannie (Hatfield) Scroggs, Betty always enjoyed telling the story of how she was named after the local “Betty Lou Cake Company”.
She graduated from the elementary grades at Bunkie High of Avoyelles Parish in 1944, where she then went on to complete her high school grades. During these years, she was a cheerleader, played clarinet in the school band and was Valedictorian of her graduating class.
After completing high school, Betty moved to Lafayette, Louisiana, where she attended and graduated Southwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in 1952. In addition to her diploma, she received her certified teacher’s certificate in Business education on June 5th, 1952.
In the summer of 1952, she followed her sister, Bootsie Huddleston, to Shreveport, LA to begin her career in the Oil and Gas land and title business. Several early letters of recommendation noted, “Miss Scroggs is efficient, modest, personable, honest, conscientious and cooperative. She is an exceptionally fine young woman and I have never had a secretary as capable as Miss Scroggs.” These words followed her throughout her life and stand as true today.
Betty loved being with family. In her later years in Shreveport, she spent every Saturday bargain hunting with her sister, Bootsie. In 1987, they were featured together in the IRI Land Systems winter newsletter as two of Shreveport’s finest land experts. The article noted, “They have been sharing things from toys to hairdresser all their lives.”
A pioneer, loving mother, devoted grandmother, bargain hunter, puzzle book whiz, chocolate aficionado and master of Bingo, Betty was above all else, devoted and loyal to her God, family and church. Her great strength, discipline, determination and passion for her faith allowed her to succeed through life’s many trials because giving up was not her way.
Betty is survived by her son and granddaughter, Patrick and Galya Dobyns of Nevada, TX, her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters, Tim, Derylin, Maddi and Jenna Dobyns of Springfield, MO, her sister, Sugar Woods of Shreveport, LA, and nieces and nephews, Kay Benbow, Mary Keisler, Mike Woods and Jim Huddleston.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, John and Fannie (Hatfield) Scroggs and her sisters, Katherine (and Frank Stanley), Bootsie (and Jim) Huddleston and her brother-in-law, Dalton Woods.
Betty’s service will be held Friday, April 8th at 12 pm at the King’s Way United Methodist Chapel, located at 2401 South Lone Pine in Springfield, MO 65804. Preceding the service, there will be a family visitation in the Chapel parlor from 11 am to 12 pm. A reception for all of Betty’s friends and family will be held immediately following the service in the home of Tim and Derylin Dobyns. Arrangements have been entrusted to Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home.