Bettye Jean Brown passed away at her home in Altus after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the age of 83.
Bettye was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Stella Campbell Duncan; in-laws, Marion and Grace Brown; grandsons, Michael Shane and David Dwayne Brown; brother, James Duncan; and brother-in-law Richard Ebel.
Bettye is survived by Lynn, her loving husband of 65 years. They were married in Martha, on Dec. 30, 1949. She is also survived by her brothers, Jack Duncan and wife Anita, Jerry Duncan and wife Carole, and Sam Duncan and wife Margie; her sisters, Bobbye Ebel, Carolyn Duff and husband Roy; and a sister-in-law, Doris Duncan.
Bettye is also survived by her sons, Mike and wife Janean, and Kerry and wife Melissa; grandchildren, Shelley Brown Walker and husband Michael, Amber Brown Jackson and husband Blake, Michael Brown and wife Laci, Ron Samson and wife Monica, Rusty Bearden and wife Kayla, and Shelly Tinsley and husband Josh; and by great-grandchildren, Braden and Lexi Walker, Rylee and Gunner Jackson, Matt and Isabella Samson, and Brooklyn and Easton Tinsley; and by a host of friends.
Bettye was born in Altus in 1931. She graduated from Altus High School in 1949. She worked as a Programs Assistant for ASCS office in Farm Assistance for 30 years from 1962 to 1992.
Bettye loved spending time with her family. Her church family was also very important to her. She spent many years serving as a teacher for Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, as Church Clerk and Church Treasurer, and as a member of Building Committees. After retirement, she often worked on the landscape at the church and cleaned up after the work crews at the new Family Life Center. At church events, her wonderful recipes were much sought-after. She ministered and blessed many with meals delivered to their homes in time of need. She was a prayer warrior who was quick to pray with and for others. Truly she was a woman of great faith.
The family will greet friends at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home from 6 to 7 p.m. today. Online tributes may be made to the family at www.Lowell-Tims.com
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jeff Moore officiating. Interment will follow at the Martha Cemetery.
Bettye loved the Lord with her whole heart. Her utmost desire was for all to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to understand the only way to have eternal life is through Him. Her favorite verse was II Corinthians 5:21: God made Christ who had no sin to be sin for us.
For family and friends not able to attend the service, Lowell-Tims will provide a live web-cast of the service beginning at 3:58 p.m. Saturday. Go to www.Lowell-Tims.com and click on obituaries. Then click on Bettye Brown. There will be a large button inviting you to join the web-cast.