Betty Jo Cantu

On Friday, August 7, 2020, there are no words other than we lost one of our most cherished possessions; our Wife, Momma, Nanny, Big Fat Nanny (you’d have to know the story), Aunt, Friend and Wonderful Cook.  Betty passed away leaving her husband Ysidro L. Cantu (sometimes known as Y or Cantu, Turkey and Teddy Bear too) from Texas City, TX. She also leaves her daughters Linda Elrod Beglin and Deborah Elrod Hays (Rodney) both of Canyon Lake, TX.

Step children, Rosie Cruz (Hector), Ysidro Cantu, Jr (Rachel) and Teresa Guzman all of Texas City, TX and two deceased Gloria and Glen.

Grandchildren, Jeri Logan Sims (Shawn), Tera Tullos Wicker (Larry), Penny Logan Edwards (Kenneth), Teri Tullos Niedermeyer (Jim) and Lindsey Williams Schaller (Dave), Irene Lopez (Shon), Corina Mayfield (Josh), Timothy Cantu (Mikayla), Carolyn Cruz Herrington (David), Nelita Cruz Herrera (Frank), Jervaise Guzman, Santos Guzman and Andrea “Nikki” Bazan (Juan).

Great grandchildren, Kayla Scott Brooks (Justin), Taylor Logan Rideau, Coy Logan Edwards, Colton Riley Edwards, Tyler Robert Niedermeyer, Dylan James Niedermeyer, Anderson DeLaine Schaller, Leanne Lopez, Lorian Lopez, Layna Lopez, Shon Lopez, and Livia Lopez, Jace Mayfield, Layla Guzman; Abigail Herrera, Luke Herrington, Kayley Herrington, Gabriel Bazan, Adam Bazan and Marco Bazan and great-great grandchildren, Marley Jane Brooks, Jaylah Denise Rideau and Phoenix Reed Brooks.

Born May 1, 1931 to Jasper James and Rosie Mae (Alexander) Tyler in Foreman, AR, Betty was the 6th of 9 children, 4 boys and 5 girls; William Tom Tyler, James Henry Tyler, Velma Mae Scarborough, Katie Bell Simmons, Loyd Joe Tyler, Robert Lane Tyler, Dorothy Cox and Juanita Carlson. Dorothy of Maud, TX is the only sibling that remains alive.

Betty married Gale Elrod at the age of 17 and raised her daughters in Channelview, TX.  Always involved with the girl’s activities, a dance recital wasn’t missed for 41 years.  She later married Ysidro spending the rest of her life in the Texas City, Dickinson and Alvin areas.

Betty loved to cook and bake and was always quick to offer you something to eat at her home. Thanksgiving and Christmas favorites were definitely the best Cornbread Dressing ever along with Spice Bars, Old Time Brownies, Sweet Potato Pies and Strawberry Cake to name a few. Let’s not forget her fried okra and potatoes in bacon grease too. Betty worked many years as a meat wrapper for several grocery store chains, retiring from Texas Super.

She was such a wonderful, truly beautiful, and generous person who will be missed on this earth until we see her again.  Our hearts are broken.  Rest in Peace Nanny.



  1. She was my very favorite aunt. She was the kindest, most generous, and loving lady I have ever known. She always treated me like a son and I always felt welcome at her house. She is a true treasure who will be missed greatly by myself and Ronda, as well as her daughters, Grandchildren, and great grandchildren. We love you Aunt Betty and Cantu.
    Joe and Ronda

    Joe/Ronda Scarborough
  2. She was a wonderful lady and truly loved everyone who crossed her path. She was a joy. Love to all of you!

    Toni Greer
  3. I loved my Aunt Betty Jo!! She always had a smile, hugs and love for me. She will be sooo missed. She is with her family and my husband Jimmy and I know they welcomed her with open arms into Heaven!

    Glenda Quam
  4. Linda & Debbie I am so very sorry for u . I no it is so hard because we have started down that long rode with my Mom.
    I hope u both r helping each other thru this .
    I love you Both .

    Linda carrollstewart
  5. Prayers for the family.She was a very sweet lady and everyone will miss her.❤️🙏🙏🙏

    Gene Starnes
  6. We will always miss sweet Aunt Betty Jo. Had so many good times with her and enjoyed our talks.

    Barbara Jeffcoat
  7. She was such a wonderful Aunt. She had a heart of gold and when I would see her she always said how good I looked no matter if it was a good or bad day. She made me feel like I was apart of their family just like Miss did. She will be missed so much. I am blessed to have married into a wonderful and loving family. I know her and Miss are playing skipbo in heaven. God Bless

  8. One of the sweetest ladies I have had the pleasure of knowing. She also raised two daughters that I’m proud to call close friends. Betty Jo will be missed by all who knew her. RIP dear friend!🙏💕

    Dave Carnathan
  9. I am truly sorry for your families loss. May Almighty GOD grant the whole family peace. She was a great Lady and raised very smart and sweet kids. Just remember we will all meet again on the other shore and rejoice with our loved one’s in the presence of THE LORD.

    Edward G. Baker
  10. My Condolences to Tio Ysidro Cantu and all of her family

    I only met you several times and you were so kind sweet and always with a beautiful smile. I remember you helping my grandson Nick jr pick pecans. Heaven gained a bright beautiful Angel. May you R.I.P. Thank you for the memories.

    Gabby Diaz

    Gabrielita Diaz
  11. So many wonderful memories of my Aunt Betty Jo and her brothers and sisters. But my favorite was, she always needed that hair and her house to be perfect. She was always beautiful. When I was young I would go stay a week in the summer. She always had the best meals and treats for us. She was a wonderful mother and I know Debbie and Linda will miss her so much. Rest In Peace my sweet aunt!

    Jackie Neal
  12. Words cannot express how very sweet and precious Aunt Betty Jo was to me or how much she will be missed. Yes, she always had something good to eat. She was and always will be very special in my heart. Rest now Aunt Betty Jo, You are so loved🌹🦋

    Brenda Iglehart
  13. Debbie and Linda,
    So very sorry for the loss of your mom. Prayers for strength during this difficult time.

    Jo Bridges Ermel
  14. Hi Deb
    Sadly I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting your mother. Over the past few years
    I’ve come to know of her via your shared stories & beautiful photos.
    Your mother is lovely💗…obviously a very special woman & blessing to all.
    Am very sorry for your loss. Praying for peace & comfort for you & your family. 💕
    Had a dream about my mother last night. Allow your mother time to rest & adjust to her Heavenly home. Afterwards, she will visit you in your dreams as well….
    kay hamilton o’conner

    Kay Hamilton O'Conner
  15. So sorry for your loss, prayers for the all the family….

    Patty McVay DSouza
  16. Aunt Debbie,
    I’m so sorry you lost your Mom. Such a terrible pain, I know your heart must be broken.
    Love you.

    Misty Wall

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