Betty entered the world at St. Benedict’s Hospital in the farming community of Sterling, Colorado, on April 23, 1948. She was the first daughter and the second of six children born to Lillian and Stan Heist. A 1966 graduate of Sterling High School, she went on to attend Northeastern Junior College. Then, notorious for changing her own hairstyles, it was no surprise when she moved to Denver to attend beauty school in 1969.
Life’s journey took her to Moab, Utah, where she gave birth to her first child and met, worked with and then married her Prince Charming, Richard Barks, on Nov. 26, 1971. They were entwined in a once in a lifetime romance that gave them another daughter in 1973 and lasted happily throughout their 42 1/2 years of marriage.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” —John 13:35
Betty was, undoubtedly, a disciple for Jesus and her love for others showed in all of her actions. She welcomed everyone with the warmest of smiles and always offered an open ear accompanied by words of understanding, comfort, encouragement and praise. Her talents were many and included cooking, baking, and crocheting — all of which she used for the benefit of others.
Of all of her gifts, nothing blessed her more than working with children, and she blessed them in return. In 1980, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Moab Christian Academy where she loved teaching her K-4 and K-5 “littlies” about Jesus and the Bible, in addition to reading and writing.
Her journey’s final stop was Phoenix, Arizona, where she got to spend the last years of her life under the continuous loving care of her husband with her daughters and granddaughter nearby. Betty continued to touch lives and build relationships until the very end. Her last day of this life will be remembered as triumphant for the overwhelming outpouring of love she received and the suffering that was exchanged for eternal peace.
Betty is predeceased by her father, Stanley Eugene Heist, and mother, Lillian Marie (James) Heist.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Charles Richard Barks; daughter, Marli Anne Smythe; daughter, Chantel Tyrie (Steven) Jones; adored granddaughter, Madeline Faye Jones; four granddogs; brother, Jim (Sue) Heist of Cary, North Carolina; brother, Bill (Karen) Heist of San Antonio, Texas; brother, John (Carrie) Heist of Olympia, Washington; sister, Barbara Korbe-Bernhardt of Castle Rock, Colorado; sister, Jane Heist (Allan Willey) of Scottsdale, Arizona; precious brothers and sisters-in-law; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; and “foster son” Michael Bullock of Shamrock, Texas.
Cremation was by Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Cemetery.
A memorial service followed by reception will be held Monday, July 7, at 1 p.m. at Scottsdale Worship Center located at 6508 E Cactus Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254.