Elizabeth "Beth" Mary Bator
Elizabeth "Beth" Mary Bator
July 25, 1954 - January 9, 2018
Elizabeth (Beth) Bator, 63, of Wichita Falls, passed away on January 9, 2018.
The Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Our Lady Queen of Peace with Father Alex Ambrose, celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday at Lunnís.
Born in Secaucus, NJ, Beth was welcomed into the world as the first-born child of three to the late Stanley and Dolores Bator. Blessed to have wonderfully loving and supporting parents, Beth knew her brother, Stanley Jr, and sister, Elaine, as her first and best childhood friends. She grew up in a large extended close net family, regularly spending Sundays after church at her grandmotherís house for family gatherings.
After graduating high school from Saint Dominic Academy in Jersey City, N.J., Beth completed bachelor and master degrees in mathematics at Montclair State University and later a Ph.D. in math at Penn State University. She moved to Denton, Texas in 1983 to begin her career as a math professor at the University of North Texas (then North Texas State University).
Beth thoroughly enjoyed her career at UNT and felt blessed to get to teach so many young people a subject that she loved. While in Denton, Beth had many friends through work, playing tennis, and bowling. She also volunteered at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Denton and she enjoyed spending time with her brother and sister and their families in New Jersey for several weeks each summer. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In 2009, an illness brought upon an early retirement for Beth.
After retiring, she moved to Wichita Falls, TX, in order to spend the rest of her life with her very close friend and companion Dawn Slavens. While in Wichita Falls Beth attended Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church and continued to live her life to her fullest as long as she possibly could. Special people that provided her friendship and regular support along her journey with Alzheimerís disease include Bianka Landavazo, Marybeth Cleverdon, and Darbi Glassburn. Due to complications of Alzheimerís disease, Beth began to reside at House of Hope Alzheimerís and Dementia Nursing Home in July 2012. While there, she received quality care from the House of Hope staff and Hospice of Wichita Falls.
Friend Dawn, nephew Andrew Fenwick, niece Christine Medina and her husband Gustavo, great-nephews Francesc and Patrick, and sister-in-law Patricia Bator, along with many cousins, survive her. Brother Stanley Bator Jr. and sister, Elaine Fenwick predecease her.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to any of the following: Alzheimerís Association North Central Texas, House of Hope, or Hospice of Wichita Falls.