Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children


The Gladys Smith Society

Bettye HillBettye Hill

Bettye Hill of Idabel is a friend of children and especially the girls and young ladies at the Baptist Home for Girls, Madill. The Giles Hill Animal Learning Center at the Madill campus was officially opened on April 30, 2006, and was named for Bettye’s late husband, Giles. The facility was made possible by private donations, and has greatly enhanced BHG’s agricultural education program. The 6,000 square-foot facility houses a show ring, classroom, stables, washroom, guest room, office and restrooms.

Art Brown, Baptist Home for Girls administrator said, “The ALC was named after the late Giles Hill because he loved children, and his wife Bettye was the catalyst for making this dream a reality. This animal learning center has been a dream of mine for 15 years. It will serve the educational needs of many children in the years to come. We believe this learning center will provide a wealth of educational opportunities.”

Judy Craft, Baptist Home for Girls development representative, said, “Bettye Hill is so deserving of this honor.  She is such a blessing to the children in our care. She has impacted our campus with her generosity and is a wonderful volunteer and friend. The Madill campus has had the joy and honor to attend and be part of 'The Idabel Brunch' held each August in Idabel at Bettye’s home church. Bettye started this event seven years ago. It has continued to grow under her leadership. She has invited many other churches to become a part of this fundraiser. This past year she invited the local firemen, medical personnel, and civic leaders. Even the mayor of Idabel came. She honored them with a decorated table as 'Heroes.' She continues to amaze me with her love for this ministry and her creative ways she brings the ministry and needs of the Madill campus to the guests that attend. She handles everything about this event; she has her own committees and volunteers that make it happen. We just show up and enjoy the fruits of her labor. She is the BEST. Bettye Hill has left her footprint on our campus and in our hearts; she is a lifelong friend.”

The staff and children at the Baptist Home for Girls are thankful to Mrs. Hill for her support and her many expressions of love and concern. Our prayer is that God will bless this wonderful family for their love and support.

This membership is the highest award given by OBHC to say “thank you” to people who make an outstanding effort on behalf of at-risk children in Oklahoma through the ministry of OBHC.

Contact Neal Wooldridge at (405) 570-9836 or email Neal Wooldridge to learn more. 05-17-13

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