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Betty Jo Couch (Baker) Lucas

Betty Jo Couch (Baker) Lucas passed away on September 3, 2019, at her home in Pauls Valley. She was 89 years old. She was born near Elmore City on January 16, 1930, to Hobson and Effie Couch.  She was the oldest of 6 children.

She married Nick Baker on February 12, 1948, and they had four children. She later married Herb Lucas and they were together 10 years until his passing in 2002.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Nick Baker and Herb Lucas; one sister, Jocie Robuck and two brothers, Bill Couch and Ben Couch.

She is survived by two brothers, Abe Couch and wife, Beverly, of Madison, Miss.,  Jake Couch and wife, Ramona, of Sulphur; two daughters, Shirley Currie and husband, Johnnie, of Garland, Texas, Patty Embree, of Okla. City; and two sons, Donnie Baker and Terry Baker, of Pauls Valley; two stepdaughters, Elmyra Casner, of Sinton, Texas and Ramona Elliott and husband, Larry, of Muldoon, Texas, 14 grandchildren, Jeff Currie and wife, Heather, of Allen, Texas,  Tim Currie, of Garland, Texas, Crystal Kelly and husband, Ronnie, of Tuttle, Jaime Gibson and husband, Jeremy, of Mustang, Steven Embree and wife, Stefanie, of Oklahoma City, Glenna Norman, Tricia Gordon and husband, Kevin, of Pauls Valley, Latia Humston, of Eufaula, Randall Brown and wife, Amber, of Stratford,  Sarah Baker, Brendon Baker, of Pauls Valley, Niki Baker and husband, Johnny, of Lindsay, Megan Baker, of Norman and Sonnie Baker, of Pauls Valley.

She was also blessed with 31 great grandchildren and two great- great grandchildren. She was devoted and very generous to her family. Her sister-in-law, Georgia Wilson, of Maysville, was like a sister to her and they always shared a special bond. Judy (Campbell) Ellis, of Pauls Valley, was like one of her children as was Jimmie Keenom, of Pauls Valley.

She will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins along with many, many friends. Her dearest friend, Geraldine Jones, was always there for her. She will be missed by many for her gift of gab.

She and Nick operated several restaurants in the Pauls Valley area and were known for their famous barbeque.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at Paoli Cemetery under the direction of Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family’s guestbook at

Sulphur Times-Democrat

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