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Bettye Jane Curtis

Bettye Jane Curtis, age 86, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at the Homewood Cottages in Mena. She was born on Sunday, May 3, 1936, to Sam and Eunice Putman Kirkland in Mena, Arkansas.

Bettye loved the Lord and was a member of the Dallas Avenue Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for years. She was always direct and to the point and her honesty was admired by her family and friends. Bettye enjoyed reading, gardening, crocheting, and sewing. She was an extremely gifted cook. Everyone in the family loved her Fried Chicken especially. Bettye usually listened to Gospel music but also liked to hear live music with her family. She was head cook over the Acorn schools after she retired and was really proud of the work she did. Bettye loved her family very much and cherished every moment she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She passed away while listening to her loving children talk and laugh. Bettye was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Weldon Thomas Curtis.

Bettye is survived by two sons, and daughters-in-law, Tom and Mary Curtis of Mena, Lonnie and Sheila Curtis of LaBelle, Florida; two daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Leonard Russell of Waldron, and Barbara and Billy Don Williams of Mansfield; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Francis and Butch Hennings of Mena, Dovie and Joe Norcross of Little Rock, JoAnn Griffin of Mena; four grandchildren, Frank and Sarah Gibson of Mena, Rebekah Fox of Virginia, Rachel Curtis of Virginia, Elisabeth and Omri Alva of Virginia; four great-grandchildren, Joshua Gibson, Jarrett Gibson, Bea Alva, Vivi Alva; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 13, 2023, at 10:00 AM at the Concord Cemetery in Ink, Arkansas, with Brother Frank Gibson officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. No visitation is planned. 

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