|Ruth, in the book of the Bible which bears her name, said, “Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people and your God my God; where you die I will die, and there will I be buried.”
Betty was serving as a nurse in the Army at Biloxi, Mississippi when she met Boyd, who was also stationed there in the Armed Services. From the time she met Boyd, to the time they were married, to the time she drew her last breath, these wonderful words of Ruth were lived out in such a loving and beautiful way. In fact, she discontinued her responsibilities as a nurse to be a full-time wife and mother, a calling she considered to be a vocation of great importance.
Betty is survived by her sons, Boyd Ellis, a technician with Exxon in Baton Rouge, and John Drew, an ironworker presently residing in Greensburg. Also, Betty is survived by a daughter, Dr. Mary Amy Hood, a professor at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida.
Betty Hood did not marry a pastor. She married a serviceman who became a state trooper, worked for Ethel Corporation, owned his own service station, and sold cars. It was not until retirement from those positions that he answered the call to the ministry. Through every job change her love and support for Boyd and her family never wavered nor ceased. She depended upon Boyd to make the right choices for their family and backed him to the fullest at every turn. And when he answered the call to the ministry, in many respects her joy was complete because he was doing what God wanted of his life. That filled her with so much pride. Betty in a quiet, steady, and powerful way supported his ministry and worked in his ministry. Although Boyd was the one most visible, without Betty’s quiet diligence behind the scenes, the ministry would not have been complete nor nearly as effective.
Yes, those familiar words of Ruth were words that Betty Hood made her own. We give thanks to Almighty God for that commitment that made such a difference in her family, her church, and in our lives.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 253 By Larry Stafford|