December 22, 1926 - March 23, 2022
Bobbie Betty Jo Bickham (Betty) was born in Franklinton, Louisiana on December 22, 1926 to the union of Tennis & Bertha Bickham. She accepted Christ at an early age at Bethel Holiness Church in Franklinton. She graduated from Washington Parish High School and moved to Seattle with her sister Myrtis Scott. Betty united in Holy Matrimony to Deacon Homer M. Smith in 1946, by Rev. Fountain W. Penick. They joined Peoples Institutional Baptist Church and were faithful members.
Betty was employed by the Boeing Company for 32 years as a Lead Electrician, working on many important projects. She loved her church and enjoyed working on the Calendar Tea, serving on the Deaconess Board, Women’s Ministry and Usher Ministry. In 1998, she became a dedicated member of the Order of the Eastern Stars, Queen of Sheba Chapter 12. Betty served as Grand Queen, Grand Ruth and Past Worthy Matron.
Betty was a proud home owner and resident of Seattle’s Central District since 1947. She supported her black community. Betty had her favorite spot to watch the parades! In her pastime, she loved
working in her garden, growing collard greens and beautiful flowers. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and loved cooking Louisiana meals for family and friends. She enjoyed baking German Chocolate Cakes and Peach Cobblers.
On March 23, 2022, Betty extended her hands and answered God’s call. She peacefully transitioned to Heaven in the comforts of her home after a long, beautiful life. She was 95 years old.
Betty leaves to celebrate her memories, her two daughters Yolanda Geyen Berry (Gregory) and Jacqueline Smith Armstrong (Boysie); three grandchildren DeChell Hampton (Reginald); Benjamin Geyen, Michael Daniels, Jr. and six great grandchildren Quinton Hampton, Noah Benjamin Geyen, Tyme Royal Jones-Geyen, Benjamin Lee Geyen Jr., Jasmina Lynn Daniels and Quincy Daniels. She was blessed to have a host of nieces and nephews in Seattle, Louisiana & Rhode Island that loved their Aunt Betty dearly. She also cherished beautiful relationships with many ladies that fondly called her