Betty Helen Love

Betty Helen Love, 73, of Amarillo, passed away on September 30, 2021.  She was born July 20, 1948, in Knox County, Tennessee, to Charlie Newman and Edna Lou (Raby) Dunaway.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Lighthouse Funeral Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Chapel.  The family will receive visitors on Wednesday night from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the chapel.

Betty endured a difficult childhood and loved her mother entirely.  She was married to Jack Love at the age of 17 on August 13, 1965, in Anderson County, Tennessee.  Betty adopted Kathy as a baby, loving her dearly and later had two more children, Lisa and Mark.  Betty and Jack later divorced.  Betty was a loving mother to her children, and a good friend to many. She was known to be a hard-working woman her life long, raising her children as a single mother.  Betty worked many jobs, the last being a baker and waitress at Mr. Treat, an accomplishment that gave her much joy.  She never turned anyone away that she could help, and she went so far as to invite others into her home.

Betty enjoyed her life and lived it to the fullest.  Her passions were her grandchildren, feeding the birds, reading romance novels, and caring for her lawn.  She found joy in the simple things.  She was loved by all and will be dearly missed by her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Earl Dunaway, Charles Dunaway, Christine Northern, and Evelyn Marie Dunaway.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Kathy Alexander and husband Richard, and Lisa Thomison and husband Charles; a son, Mark Love; her siblings, James Dunaway, Jack Dunaway, Clark Dunaway, Nancy Savage, and Ruth McCurry.  She is also survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


  1. Lisa Thomison

    I am very proud to say Betty was my mother. We all loved her very much and miss her dearly.

  2. Mark B. Hensley

    My condolences to the family of Betty Love. I knew Betty when I was a young police officer in Spearman,TX.
    When I left Spearman, Betty and her daughter Lisa encouraged me to remain in law enforcement. Their encouragement meant so much to me.

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