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Betty Apple Mayo died peacefully on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. She was born June 4, 1931 to Sanford Malcolm Apple and Mattie Lou Jinks Apple in Spalding County, Georgia, the fifth of six children.
After Betty graduated from McDonough High School, she worked for US Congressman from Georgia, Rep. Sidney Camp in Washington, DC. While working there she met First Lieutenant Robert K. Mayo from Shreveport. They married September 12, 1954 and made Shreveport their home raising their two daughters there. Betty was an active member of First Baptist Church, The Woman's Department Club, and A.C. Steere PTA. She was a very involved parent. She taught children's Sunday school, helped coach her girls' softball teams and was a room mother many times. Betty was an accomplished cook, gardener and seamstress. She loved reading, a good boat ride, the beach, a good laugh and Louisiana cuisine. She never lost her Georgia accent or the love for her family there. Most of all, she was a wonderful wife, a loving, nurturing and sometimes mischievous mom and a beloved Bebe to her grandchildren.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert K. Mayo; her brothers, Herman Apple and Ravel Apple; and sisters, Minnie Catherine Thornton and Faye Lipford.
She is survived by her sister, Sue Pullin; daughters, Christi Mayo Oden and her husband, Pope, Elaine Mayo Poynter and her husband, Bruce; her much loved grandchildren, Matthew Pope Oden, Meredith Elaine Oden, Bennett Kirk Poynter and his wife, Aimee, and Seth Martin Poynter and his wife, Hanna; her great-grandchildren, Audrey Elaine and Beckett James; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private family graveside service will be held at Forest Park Cemetery.
Special thanks go to the caring, ever-attentive staff at The Carpenter House of St. Joseph Hospice.
The family suggests memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Shreveport, 543 Ockley Drive, Shreveport, LA 71106, St. Joseph Hospice Foundation, 17732 Highland Road, Suite G, Box 241, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810 or the charity of one's choice.