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Bettie O’Neal Martin Corkern

Bettie O’Neal Martin CorkernBettie O’Neal Martin Corkern, formerly of Groesbeck, passed away at Temple on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at age 89.

Following visitation at Groesbeck Funeral Home, graveside services were held Sunday at Fort Parker Memorial Park, with Chaplain Jon Honea officiating.

Bettie was born August 19, 1929, near Groesbeck to Connie and Clara Esslinger O’Neal. She married Glen Martin in 1950 and he preceded her in death in 1974. She married Percy E. Corkern in 1981 and he passed in 1990. She has resided in the Temple area since 1987. She received her graduate certification in the American Institute of Banking from the University of Houston and a Master in commercial banking from the University of Wisconsin. She also has associate and other extended degrees from the University of Houston and the University of Wisconsin. She worked in several banks from 1948 to 1989 including First National of Temple, which is now Extraco Bank.

Bettie served as treasurer for the Central Texas Republican Women and Pepper Creek Water Supply in Temple. She volunteered at 6900 hours at the Olin E. Teague Hospital in Temple. She was active in the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post 1820. She had been a member of the Central Texas Republican Women since 1984 and served as treasurer in the 1990’s. Bettie was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church for many years before she moved her membership to Calvary Baptist Church. She resided at Garden Estates Senior Living since September 2015.

She is survived by one brother, Henry O’Neal, and wife, Brenda; one sister Martha Watts; many nieces and nephews; and her best friend Gwen Schwarz.

In honor of Bettie’s giving heart, please make a donation to your favorite charity.

Messages of condolence or memories may be posted on the obituary guestbook at www.groesbeckfuneralhome.com

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