By Jessica Crabtree
Hebrews 13:2 reads, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” That is the favorite verse of pie-maker, mother, grandmother, sister, wife, daughter, believer and owner of “Sweet Mother of Pies,” Betti Jo Weber. Sweet Mother of Pies is a dream come true for its owner. Weber describes her pie business as being a “crazy blessing.”
Weber is a native Texas, born in Midland and raised in Carlsbad, N.M. Attending Texas Tech University brought her back to her roots and led her to a summer camp for special need kids where she met her husband Joe. The two married in 1986, officially making Weber a Texas girl. The couple moved various places, Lewisville then Denton, before relocating and settling in 1994 in the community once known as Hood. Much like other towns that dwindled with time, Hood had a store, cotton gin, Methodist and Baptist churches and Hood cemetery, a some-what town marker for locals. Fun fact being Hollywood movie moguls shot a couple scenes from the popular movie “Armageddon” in Hood.
A teacher, Joe began teaching at Era school in 2000. Weber also taught for eight years, as well as occupied various jobs until 2016 when a new slice of life appeared. When she and her family moved to Hood, the yellow house she calls home was not her first choice. “We were looking for a fixer-upper and two acres. We passed by this place several times and on the third time we stopped. It was once the Hood grocery store before becoming a home,” Weber explained.
As the Weber family of six began to flourish, Weber busied herself making the house a home. “It was an old house and run down. It just needed some elbow grease,” Weber said. That is the way she wanted it, being a self-proclaimed lover of restoring things to their former glory. Always loving crafting, Weber was all too happy to paint and recreate her space. “I knew I wanted country and not new. I love a home with character, to make something from nothing,” Weber concluded. The family combined adjoining pieces of property, acres at a time, even their neighbors’ home, Mr. and Mrs. Pledger. After their passing the home sat vacant, awaiting its next breath of life. “Everyone asked me, ‘What will you do with it?’ I thought about a Bed & Breakfast or place for crafting.”
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