Betty Charles

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I'm Betty Jo (Dody) Rhodes Hartsfield Pelton Charles. I was born in Dora, N.M. on July 18, 1926. I am the youngest of 12 children of William Hartwell Arnolphus Rhodes and Aletha Lorena Smith. I am survived by one sister, Billie Jean Rhodes Barton. In 1946, I married William Grant Hartsfield. We became the proud parents of Jack Lane and William Rhodes Hartsfield. My first husband preceded me in death, and in 1953, I married William Paul Pelton. We were blessed with a daughter, Paula Louise Pelton. In 1973, I took the opportunity to move to Lahaina, Hawaii where I enjoyed 12 years working and living on Maui. In 1985, I moved home to Las Cruces and married my long-time friend, John Oliver (J.O.) Charles. We became a blended family, adding four more sons, Henry Allan, John Oliver, James Edger and William Lee Charles. Gladly, I worked with J. O. in the operation of the Charles Pecan Farm. I was preceded in death by my husband J. O. In addition, I am survived by numerous nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great-grand children. I leave behind many wonderful friends who are invited to join my family at the memorial service that will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in the La Paz-Grahams Funeral Home, 555 W. Amador, Las Cruces, NM 88001. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2013
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