Elizabeth "Betty" Milam Obituary

The Royal Family - History with Cazadero Baptist Camp

R.F. Royal and his wife, Claudia owned a cabin along Austin Creek. They were both seminary professors at Golden Gate Seminary in Mill Valley. They were instrumental in purchasing the camp in August 1955. The cabin was used by the family for many years and later deeded it to the camp. The cabin has now been renovated twice (made bigger) and the house is used for staff housing.

It was our privilege to meet the Royal's granddaughter and her husband this spring, Steve & Jeannie Abbot. We had a wonderful time together hearing stories from days gone by. Her mom, Betty Milam, would take pictures of Jeannie playing in Austin Creek. (See below.) What an amazing family! From this date forward, we will be calling it "The Royal House" in honor of the Royal family. Steve & Jeannie Abbott, we love you and look forward to many times of connection in the future.


Obituary for Elizabeth "Betty" Milam

Elizabeth “Betty” Milam, 89-year-old resident of Siloam Springs, died June 27, 2022, in Bentonville, Arkansas. She was born on July 11, 1932, to R.F. and Claudia Royal in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She married Harold Milam on December 22, 1953 in Berkeley, California. She loved teaching 25 years of kindergarten, Sunday School classes, and children’s programs.

She is preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Jeannie Abbott and husband Steve of Siloam Springs, AR; son John Milam and wife Janie of Ft. Worth, TX; five grandchildren: Elizabeth and Rusty Barrett of Ft. Worth, TX, Jonathan and Lauren Abbott of Siloam Springs, AR, Dave and Amelia Abbott of Siloam Springs, AR, Michael and Kimberly Milam of Ft. Worth, TX, and Matt and Sarah Abbott of Denver, CO, as well as eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 10 AM at First Baptist Church, 2000 Dawn Hill Rd, Siloam Springs, AR with Dr. Steve Abbott officiating. In lieu of flowers, Betty would be honored to have donations go to Cazadero Baptist Camp, a Christian camp in the redwoods that our family helped establish in the 1950’s. Cazadero Baptist Camp, PO Box 2802, Vacaville, CA 95696 or online at


Cazadero Adult Retreat

RELENTLESS FAITH - Adult Retreat 2022 at Camp Cazadero

Monday, September 12 — Thursday, September 15

Phil Kell is one of our favorite speakers. The Adult Retreat is one of our favorite camps each year. Anyone over the age of 18 can join us. Last fall we had campers age 19 - 90 and had a wonderful time together.