Betty J. Tompkins November 12, 2020

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    Betty J. Tompkins, 91, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on November 12, 2020 in Ravena, NY. Professionally, Betty was a school bus driver for Laidlaw Transit for many years. However, Betty's life was truly dedicated to serving the Lord and sharing the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. So many lives have been changed, souls have been saved directly and indirectly from Betty's personal ministry it's impossible to account for them all.

She loved and prayed ceaselessly for her family, kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids...and many of them have gone on to carry out work in the ministry from becoming pastors, missionaries, and leaders in their local churches. But God does know how many people's lives she's changed. So, on Nov 12th, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt she heard the beautiful words "Well done, good and faithful servant!" as she entered the gates of heaven.

Betty is survived by her children Bruce O'Brien (Nancy), Linda Reed (Art), Jodi Cole (Bob), Robin Augustine (Tom), David O'Brien (Linda), Lisa West (Bill), Karen Waddingham (John), Lance O'Brien (Jen), Joyce Irwin, Donna Johnson and Darlene Reilly (Jim), 37 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, her sister, Joan Gifford, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Clifford, her son Mark O'Brien, mother Margaret Bailey Gifford, father Charles W. Gifford, her brothers Ray, Ken, Albert, and Marvin Gifford, her sisters Mildred Crosier and Margaret McGrail.

Services will be private. A virtual Celebration of Life will be held online at This event will take place on Monday, November 23rd at 7 PM

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to Community Hospice Foundation, Gift Processing Center, 310 South Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208 or online at and would be appreciated.