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Bette Ann McRee

Bette Ann McRee, age 86 passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma.

Bette Ann Watkins was born November 10, 1932 to Edward and Helen Watkins in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Raised in Mena, she was a 1950 graduate of Mena High School and attended Stephens College and the University of Arkansas.

She was a talented musician and composer, playing both the organ and piano and was the organist for the First Presbyterian Church for more than 60 years.  She composed and published two contatas based on scriptures:  The Beatitudes and Savior of Love, both of which were performed in Mena and throughout the country.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Ben Edward Redman and step-son Jim McRee.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth McRee of the home; daughters: Jennie Kuhnke and husband Tom of Centerton, Arkansas, Tracie Bissell and husband Teddy of Mena, Arkansas, and Suzanne Harris and husband Randy of Norman, Oklahoma; step-son, Robert Wilson of Bella Vista, Arkansas; step-daughter, Cathy Hancock and husband Mark of Bella Vista, Arkansas; grandchildren:  Ashlee and Jason Lance of Springdale, Arkansas, Edward Redman of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jessica Carter of Iron Ridge, Wisconsin, Jacob Harris of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Lily and Trevor Richardson of Norman, Oklahoma, Laura Harris of Norman, Oklahoma, Taylor Kuhnke and Matthew Kuhnke of Centerton, Arkansas, and Faith and Ben Hundley and Travis Hancock of Fayetteville; and great grandchildren:  Nathan Chilson, Savannah Crass and Madeleine Hancock .

Graveside services were held Monday, August 19, 2019 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

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