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Bettie Clarice Mills(1929 - 2013)

Bettie Clarice Mills passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013. Memorial service: 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 1200 S. Collins St., Arlington. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army or Arlington Charities. She was born Nov. 8, 1929, to Elroy Bishop and his wife, Lucille Francis Saunders, in Louisville, Ky. She attended public and private schools in Louisville through high school graduation. Marriage produced four children, three of whom live in the Fort Worth area. Bettie married Thomas Mills of Lubbock in 1980 and lived in Lubbock until 1988, then moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., living there until 2001 when she and her husband returned to Texas and established a home in Arlington. Bettie was a woman of many talents and had a degree in psychology from Otterbein College in Columbus, Ohio. For one year she served the Texas Tech Museum as curator of education. Flying airplanes was probably her greatest pleasure after the raising of her children. Bettie was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Arlington and Arlington Women's Club, and she volunteered for a number of years as a telephone secretary for the staff at the church. Bettie was preceded in death by a daughter, Lyn Benua. Survivors: Her heirs include a daughter, Kathy B. Carlile of Arlington; sons, Thomas Benua of Fort Worth and Bruce Benua of Arlington; brother, Elroy Bishop of Diamondhead, Miss.; and seven grandchildren.

Published in Star-Telegram on Apr. 3, 2013
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