Betty J. Avery


Mrs. Betty J. Avery, age 76, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2023 in Axtell, Texas.

Memorial gathering will be 1 – 4PM Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at Heitmillers Steak House.

Betty was born April 27, 1947, to Richard Andrew Bisenius and Phyllis Lorraine (Heald) in Jacksonville, Florida. On February 8, 1954, her father married Dannie Louise Carrell. They had two children, Deborah Hale and Cindy Kubacak. Upon her parents’ passing, she was raised by her grandmother Opal J. Bisenius and Maizie (Bisenius) Collins in Hollywood, California. She attended Woodbury University where she met her husband Charles William (Bill) Avery of Long Beach. She was a longtime resident of Long Beach, California. They had two children, Janice Marie Avery and Laura Lynn Compian.

In July 1982, Betty was hired as an Accounting Tech I at Long Beach City College. She held several positions at the college including, Accounting Tech 3, Budget Specialist, and finally retired as an Accountant in 2002. Betty was known as the “original bunny” lady and often brought home sick and injured bunnies. While working at the college, Betty went back to school and earned an associate degree in liberal studies.

Betty loved to travel. She was able to visit many different countries including Mexico, Canada, Ireland, England, France, Germany, India, and China. She loved to sing and was an active member of her church choir at Grace Brethren Church. She later attended Cornerstone Church in Long Beach and was able to visit the Holy Land.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Andrew, Dannie Louise, Phyllis Lorraine, and aunt Maizie; grandmother, Opal; and granddaughter, Emily Rose.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Avery; children, Janice Avery of Texas, Laura Compian and husband Johnny of California; sisters, Deborah Hale and husband Don of Texas, and Cindy Kubacak and husband Smokey of Texas; half-brother, James Jackson of Arkansas; grandchildren, Michael Compian, Charlie Avery; and granddaughter in sprit Saira Canales; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Thank you to all the family and friends that prayed, visited, and sent their well wishes and love.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to ask people to donate to Marley’s Mutts in her name.

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