Betty J. Beagles, age 71, of Alamogordo died on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center. Born on July 14, 1942 in Deming, NM, she was the daughter of the late Max and Helen J. (Sparkman) France.
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She lived the majority of her life in Roswell, NM moving to Alamogordo in 1991. She graduated from Roswell High School with the Class of 1961. On February 28, 1970, she married Eddie Paul Beagles in Roswell.
In her career she worked as an elementary school librarian at East Grand Plains Elementary School, Roswell; as a bookkeeper at the New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell; bookkeeper at Bennett Printing in Alamogordo, and retired from Loco Credit Union in Alamogordo in 2009. She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church where she served on the finance committee and was the social coordinator for the Trinity Sunday school class, past member of the Kiwanis Club, member of the Alamogordo Elks Lodge #1848, past district commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America, Conquistador Council and past secretary for Boy Scout Troop 72, as well as a volunteer at the American Cancer Society Cancer Resources Center.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Eddie P. Beagles, Sr.; daughter, Carla J. (Leslie) Miller of Canyon, TX; sons, Jerry "TJ" (Betty) Smith of Roswell, Eddie P. (Richard Marchbanks) Beagles, Jr. of Indianapolis, IN. Grandchildren, Tye J. (Kira) Smith of Littleton, CO, Ryan L. (Crystal) Miller of Borger, TX, Travis (Brittany) Smith of Roswell, Jill M. Miller of Canyon, TX; great-grandchildren, Maggie Mae Miller of Borger, TX, Tate J. Smith of Roswell and Annabelle Smith of Littleton, CO; sister, Zora B. (Jerry) Lykins of Roswell, as well as several nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents and nephew, Johnny W. Lykins.
Visitation will be held 2-5 pm, Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home, 1334 North Scenic Dr., Alamogordo. Funeral Services will be held at 11 am, Monday, July 29, 2013 at Grace United Methodist Church, 1206 Greenwood Lane, Alamogordo with Pastors Victor Colton and Andy McGown officiating. There will be a visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery, Alamogordo.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Humane Society of Alamogordo or the Cancer Resources Center. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.
The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 26 to Aug. 25, 2013