Elizabeth “Bettye” Grimes

05/16/1944 –


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  • Visitation
Date: 12/15/2021
Time: 5:30 pm
 – 7:30 pm
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

  • Funeral Service
Date: 12/16/2021
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424


The family of Elizabeth “Bettye” Grimes will celebrate her life of 77 years at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.  Her family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. She passed on Friday, December 3, 2021.  We invite you to view the live-streamed service on this page, sign her virtual guestbook, and download her memorial keepsake folder to your device for printing.  We also ask you to consider viewing her Life Tribute, a video of photographs set to her favorite music.

On Friday, December 3, 2021, Elizabeth “Bettye” Pearl Grimes (nee Pape), retired school teacher and mother of three, passed away at age 77.

Bettye was born on May 16, 1944, in Ballinger, Texas, to Arnis and Lella Mae Pape (nee Berry). She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University) in 1966. She went on to teach kindergarten, first grade, and second grade spanning more than 20 years, most of those years at Whitcomb Elementary School in Houston. On June 20, 1965, she married Nathan Wayne Grimes. They raised two daughters, Poppy and Tanya, and one son, Corbie.

Bettye was a devout Christian who read through the Bible every year. Everywhere she lived, she became a pillar in her church, particularly the NASA Church of the Nazarene in Houston and the First Church of the Nazarene in Jacksonville, Texas, where she taught English as a Second Language and U.S. citizenship classes to adults.

As a third-generation German American, she researched the genealogy of her ancestors back to Hamelin, Germany. She loved to travel, including trips abroad to Europe and Central America as well as going to Africa on a mission trip.

She had a passion for creating art in various media including chalk, oil painting, and china painting. Her painted china pieces, which often feature roses, are treasured by her family and community and have won several awards in fairs and competitions.

She enjoyed reading books, collecting seashells, and putting together puzzles. All who knew her admired her creativity, insight, logic, composure, patience, and compassion.

She is survived by her three children, Poppy Derosia and husband Bill of Amarillo, Tanya Grimes-Sackett and wife Shannon Sackett of Thousand Oaks, California, and Lieutenant Colonel Corbie Grimes II and wife Jesica of Amarillo; her seven grandchildren, Christine Zerr and husband Zac, Aaron Derosia, Jonathan Grimes, Bella Bohannon, Timothy Grimes, and Evan Sackett; her twelve siblings, Mae Wofford, Leeman Pape, Jack Pape, Earl Pape, David Pape, Isaac Pape, Paul Pape, West Pape, Mary Ryan, Phillip Pape, Jesse Pape, and Laura Robbins; and hundreds of nieces, nephews, and cousins.



Flowers may be sent to Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers at 6025 82nd Street, Lubbock, Texas, 79424. Send donations to Neema Village at P.O. Box 21553, Waco TX, 76702, or online at neemavillage.org.

Celebration of Life


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