Winfree, Betty Sue

January 6, 1945 - August 28, 2020

Betty Sue (Swafford) Winfree, age 75, went to meet our Lord on August 28, 2020

Betty was born in Dallas, Texas on January 6, 1945. On her life’s journey she lived in Dallas, Waco, TX, Houston, TX, Chapel Hill, NC, Edmond, OK, Norman, OK and finally Richardson, TX.

While Betty served in several administrative capacities, including Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Duke Medical School, her first love was teaching.  She taught for 23 years, most of which was at William B. Travis Vanguard and Academy in DISD.  Her students (5th and 6th grade) were introduced to Shakespeare, Russian Culture, and many extras in addition to learning the basics of language arts and social studies.  Betty may still hold the record of 91% of her students scoring in the exemplary range on standard tests. (100% passed) Her students frequently thanked her for providing them with tools that they used as they advanced to higher grades.

Betty is survived by her husband of almost 55 years, Derwood K. Winfree,  her son Colin Winfree of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma , her daughter Anne of California, Brother Jerry Swafford of Oak Point, Texas, 5 grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great, great nieces and nephews.

Betty was predeceased by her mother, Essie Swafford, father Clint Swafford, Aunt Mamie Dockery, Sisters, Helen Bledsoe, Jean Cunningham and Joanne Swafford and brother Alan Swafford.

Betty will be interred in the columbarium at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Plano, TX.  A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date due to Covid-19.  That date will be announced when it can be scheduled.

Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700


12 replies on “Winfree, Betty Sue”

Cheryl Bell says:

Deerwood, so sorry to hear. The world lost a wonderful person and so did you. Condolences to you and your family.

Kay M McKinnon says:

Derwood, my condolences at this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort. Sincerely, Kay

Joe Long says:

sadden to learn of Peggy’s passing. Your family is in our prayers.

George May says:

So sorry Derwood. Praying for you and the family.

Beverlyy Ann (Brow)Phillips says:

I am so sorry to hear about your personal loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Bill Lindsay says:

Sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers


I am so sorry about Betty’s passing. I never met her, but just knowing she was your wife and seeing all she has done for others demonstrates just what kind of person she was.
Roger Lawhon

Frank Klaczak says:

So sorry for your loss Derwood. It is great to see someone who has had a long and lasting relationship. Makes their departure that much harder.

Pat Browning says:

My deepest sympathy

Travis Lockhart says:

So sorry for your loss.

Freddie and Odis Hall says:

So very sorry to hear this. We are praying for you and your family…

Dena Meek says:

My Aunt Sue was a lovely woman of the highest integrity. She was always gracious and loving. She was faithful to her Family and always made them the highest priority in her life. I miss her kindness and delightfull sense of humor.

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