Betty Pearl Steele Martin, loving wife, mother and friend, passed away May 16, 2019 after a courageous battle with her failing health.
Betty’s enthusiasm for life included her family, friends, ranching and her many personal accomplishments as an avid sportsman. For decades, she competed all over the United States in both Skeet Shooting and Sporting Clays, winning numerous state, regional and national championships in both. She was the first woman to ever shoot 100 straight in the state of New Mexico Skeet Competition.
An accomplished big game hunter, Betty’s many prized trophies included a leopard she got on one of two safari trips to Africa, a Dall sheep she shot in Canada and a Caribou in Alaska. She enjoyed hunting pheasant and quail and logged a memorable trip to Argentina for dove hunting.
Born in Floyd, New Mexico on August 5, 1946 to Grayum and Grace Steele, Betty lived all of her life (except for the last year and a half she resided in Cisco, Texas) in the Dunlap area. She attended Dunlap School until the 6th grade and then transferred to Fort Sumner where she graduated from high school. She attended New Mexico State University for a year majoring in journalism.
It was after that year in college that she began dating her childhood friend and neighbor Charlie Martin. They were married on February 11, 1967 and together began their lifelong endeavors in ranching. The young couple put together their home ranch, Poverty Flats, north of Roswell and solidified a life there in the blood, sweat and tears it takes to survive. They later purchased the Harvey Ranch at Carrizozo, launching three decades of 100 Ranch history in that area.
Betty will be remembered for her passionate unconditional love for her family and friends, her kindness and heart for anyone and everyone. Being a good wife, mother and rancher were all that mattered to her. Her ability to cook and feed a crew of cowboys with great food and beautiful pies was always a source accomplishment for her. She loved Bluegrass music, country gospel and every other kind of music after that. And figure skating; she loved to watch it on TV.
Her acumen as a rancher, rancher’s wife, businesswoman, mother, sportsman and friend all filled her crown here on Earth. Her unabashed love for Jesus and faith in God guided her life, and especially in her last days where she found peace in knowing she would soon be standing next to Jesus and once again see her beloved son Robert.
Betty is survived by her husband of 52 years, Charlie; son Scott and wife Denise; two granddaughters Allison and Katie; her brother Joe and his wife Karen; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her son Robert, her nephew Joseph (JoJo) and her brother-in-law Jerry Don Martin.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Christ’s Church in Roswell (2200 North Sycamore). In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Hendrick Hospice Care Center, 1651 Pine St. Abilene, Texas 79601.