Betty Ruth Schenck died Tuesday, December 31, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas, with her family by her side.
Betty Ruth Schenck died Tuesday, December 31, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas, with her family by her side. Betty was born in Hope, July 28, 1947, to Brack R. and Mary Elizabeth King Schenck. She received her B.A. in German from the University of Arkansas and followed with a Masters in Political Science and a Masters in Telecommunication as well as multiple certifications in computer programming. Her career included working for the State of Arkansas, during which time she was appointed the agency's first Director of Student Loans. As a freelance scriptwriter and producer, Betty was instrumental in creating several documentaries including “One Step at a Time” for the American Amputee Foundation. She spent the remainder of her career as a computer programmer/analyst and systems engineer for U. S. Life Systems Corporation in Dallas, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sister, Sarah and husband, David, Ruffin of Fort Worth, Texas; one niece, Dr. Mary Alice Younger, of New Orleans, La.; and one nephew, John Scott and wife, Brandy, Wafer of Fort Worth, Texas. Visitation will be Thursday, January 3, from 4-6 p.m. at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home Chapel in Hope on Friday, January 4, at 10 a.m., with interment to follow in Rosehill Cemetery, under the direction of Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association.