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Betty Lou McCormick

04/11/1938 - 04/09/2024
Service Date: 04/27/2024
Service Time: 2:00 PM
Service Location: Bunker University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85213
Visitation Date: 04/27/2024
Visitation Time: 1:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85213

Betty Lou McCormick, passed away Tuesday, April 09, 2024 in Chandler, AZ. Born in Hubbard, Nebraska April 11, 1938 to Anna and Earl Gatzemeyer.

Betty lived a beautiful and creative life.

Betty’s main mission in life, if she chose to accept it, was to raise 6 of the most notorious outlaws in Arizona history. She accepted the mission and had great success. She set life examples to inspire her children; Michael (wife Sheila), Mark (wife Cathy), Linda (husband Rick), David, Bradley Paul (deceased), and Evonna (husband Todd). As children, we learned a great work ethic and the importance of God, family and friends. Betty had 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Mom worked as a waitress at a local diner, where she met her future husband, Robert McCormick. He would order radishes with his meals, to get her attention. Well, it worked!!!!!! They were married on October 6, 1956. With a profound faith in God, and very little belongings, they moved to Arizona in 1960. With three children in tow, they had no job waiting, and so many uncertainties. They showed a true pioneer spirit and a sense for adventure.

Our Mom could sew ANYTHING! From clothes, to quilts, to countless other crafts. She gifted these handmade items, made with love, to so many. She also enjoyed other arts and crafts. She had an eye for making beautiful ceramic pieces. The farm girl in her came through in her work ethic. She could build pheasant pens, chicken coops, duck pens, and rabbit pens, with one arm tied behind her back. She could also build horse & cow corrals, chick cages, sheds, and a barn; all in 110 plus degree temperatures. Truly a handyman’s handywoman. Mom will be missed by all.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 1:00pm. at Bunker’s University Chapel located at 3529 E. University Drive, Mesa AZ 85213, west of Val Vista, south of University, next to the CVS parking lot.

Come join us for a celebration of Betty’s life, after the funeral services, with food and fun at the home of Rick & Linda Distler, 960 S. 132nd Place, Gilbert AZ 85233. South of Warner between Gilbert and Cooper.


Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.



  • Your Mom had a special place in my heart. She was always such a kind hearted woman. May she rest in peace. My prayers are for her and all her family who now will miss her so. Love and prayers, Genny Jones

  • Suzanne McCormick

    I loved my sister in law, she always said I was her sister not her sister in law. She was so kind to me and I will miss her dearly.

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