Betty Howard Loyal

May 30, 1920 - August 4, 2018

Bettie Howard Loyal, 98, of Owensboro passed away on Sat. Aug. 4, 2018, under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky.  Bettie was born May 30, 1920, in Daviess County to the late Edward Nelson Howard and Frances DeLacey Howard. She was a graduate of Western Kentucky State Teacher’s College at the age of 18 and had taught in the Owensboro and Daviess County School Systems.  She was a Charter member of Lewis Lane Baptist Church.

Bettie was an avid reader and was known to read at least 20 books a month.  She enjoyed oil painting and had created many scenes.


She also was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Charles William Loyal; their son, William Taylor Loyal; a brother, Edward Howard, Jr.; and a sister, Charlie Dale Pettit.

She is survived by two sons, Charles Edward Loyal of Nashville, TN, and Stephen Howard (Brenda) Loyal of Owensboro; a daughter-in-law, Patsy Bowman of Bowling Green; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Brison) Young of Owensboro, Taylor (Tabby) Loyal of Smyrna, TN, Will (Anousheh) Loyal of Richmond, VA., Mary Beth (Curt) Sample of Riverside, CA., and Rachel Loyal and Andrew Loyal both of Nashville, TN.; seven great-grandchildren, Owen Young, Anslee Young, Lauren Sample, Lila Sample, Bella Loyal, Lily Loyal and Henry Loyal;  a sister, Joan (Randall) Hedges of Sebree; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Foundation for Daviess County Public Schools, P.O. Box 21510 Owensboro, KY 42304.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Ms. Loyal.  Share your messages of condolence with the family of Bettie Howard Loyal at