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Betty Jividen

May 9, 1933 — August 2, 2021

Betty Jo Chapman Jividen passed away on 2 August 2021 after living a full and rewarding life. She is survived by her sister Ruth Chapman Maynard from Crittenden, Kentucky; 4 children, Linda Kaye Jividen, Douglas Edwin Jividen and wife Cheryl, Kyle Chapman Jividen and wife Sherry, Thomas Lee Jividen and wife Lisa; 9 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband- Joseph Jividen, her parents – Noma and Joe Chapman, and a son, Michael.

She was the daughter of tobacco sharecropper and a homemaker in northern Kentucky. Born in Carroll County she attended schools in Owen County, earning straight A’s from kindergarten thru 12 th grade. She was the editor of the 1951 New Liberty School annual and Valedictorian of her class. She was a member of the Young Women’s Association at Dallasburg Baptist Church in Wheatley Kentucky.

While attending New Liberty School, she met the love of her life, Joseph Edwin Jividen. Their dating life was centered around their church activities, Sunday Services, church socials, and Wednesday prayer meetings. They would go to baseball & basketball games that Joe Ed played and coached in, 4-H club, stop at Butler Station for snacks, and head to the movies. Occasionally they would take their sisters [Ruth (m) & Shirley (p)] with them. On July 23, 1950, Joe Ed proposed to Betty Jo. They were married on December 28, 1951, at the Dallasburg Baptist Church parsonage prior to Joe Ed enlistment in the U.S. Air Force.

The happy couple moved around with the US Air Force to Texas, followed by Florida, Labrador, Ohio, Colorado, Okinawa, Florida, South Carolina and finally settled in Universal City, Texas. During their travels, Betty Jo and Joe Ed found and attended church.  She assisted with Sunday School, Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) and at some of the churches played the piano. While stationed in Okinawa (1963-1965), they helped to establish a new church, Koza Baptist Church, which is still in existence today after 54 years.

Betty Jo was a stay-at-home mother until her sons were teenagers. Then, she worked for in Civil Service on Randolph AFB. Her coworkers thought the world of her, some even calling her their 2 nd ‘Mom’.

After her and her husband’s retirement, they purchased an RV. They traveled the United States visiting famous sites, family, and taking their grandchildren on camping adventures. One year they went on a cruise around Hawaii, with Shirley and Floyd Baker. The couple enjoyed playing cards with close friends, and bowling. Betty Jo was an avid Kentucky Wildcats, Dallas Cowboy and San Antonio Spurs fan.

Over 7 years ago, Betty Jo and her husband moved into Sodalis Elder Living Care. The staff took excellent care of the two of them. In her final days, numerous staff members would come by to say their good-byes and how much they enjoyed knowing her.  The family thanks the staff at Sodalis and those who cared for her over the years. A special thanks to Hope Hospice for their care during her final months.

Betty Jo fell in love with Joe Ed and was known for her everlasting love of her husband. The two were married for over 69 years and died within 6 weeks of each other. She was a loving woman who embodied the love of God to others, studied her Bible daily, and loved her children unconditionally. She was a wonderful role model for those who knew and worked with her. She was welcomed home to our Lord and Savior where she joins her beloved husband.

The funeral service will be at the Universal City First Baptist Church at 11:00 AM on Friday August 6, 2021. A private interment will be at Ft. Sam Houston at a later date.

Live Streaming of the Funeral Service can be viewed on the date of the service, here:

In lieu of flowers, make a donation in Betty’s name to First Baptist Church of Universal City – Building Fund:

The family would like to thank the pallbearers – Michael Jividen, Jeffrey Jividen, Joseph Jividen, Brett Jividen, Sam Ingram and Hank Halbach.


Funeral Service

First Baptist Church Universal City
  • 1401 Pat Booker Rd
    Universal City, TX 78148
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