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Betty Bryant Brooks Gossett Pechak Stewart

Memphis, TN

Betty Bryant Brooks Gossett Pechak Stewart, 76, of Memphis and Grenada, MS, died peacefully at Methodist Hospice on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, after a brief illness. She was the daughter of Alfred Alexander Bryant and Elizabeth Keith Black Bryant of Coffeeville, MS, and the wife of George (Sonny) Stewart of Grenada and Memphis. She was predeceased by her parents and by husbands William Gene Gossett and John Pechak.

She attended Ole Miss where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta. She was former Treasurer of Southeast Region of Family Service of America, Chair of the Board of Family Services of Memphis, and instrumental in the formation of Family Service Credit Counseling, now known as ClearPoint Financial Solutions. She was very proud of the success of Family Service and the help it provided to people in Memphis.

She was president of the choir at Christ United Methodist Church, member of the CUMC Crossroads Sunday School Class which was taught by Bill Gossett for 25 years, on the Worship Committee, and Chair of the Music Committee. She later joined Idlewild Presbyterian Church, where she served as leader of the Abigail Circle, and was also active in Presbyterian Women.

She was a retired officer of National Bank of Commerce and of Regions Bank. She was the first female loaned executive for United Way of Greater Memphis and later chaired the Individual Gifts Division for three years. She was a former president of the Chickasaw Garden Club. She was the first female member of the Board of Trustees for the Chickasaw Gardens Homeowners Association, where she oversaw neighborhood security and was fondly referred to as "Sheriff Betty."

She served on the Shelby County Housing Authority and was active in the mayoral campaigns of AC Wharton. She volunteered at Opera Memphis & DeNeuville Learning Center. She was the first female board member of Memphis Cotton Carnival Association, now Carnival Memphis, and was a Duchess of the Secret Society of Memphi in 1965, the youngest Duchess in the history of Memphi at that time. She was a member of the Women's Exchange.

"Mama B" was most proud of her children, their achievements as adults, and her success as a single parent. She was intensely proud of the volunteer involvement each of her children have in the community. She loved being involved with her grandchildren and following their sports and creative pursuits. In addition to her husband, she leaves three children, Betty Brooks, Hope Brooks (Debbie), and Eva Brooks, all of Memphis, and two grandchildren, Berry Brooks and Halley Brooks, both of the University of Missouri by way of Memphis.

Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 3rd at Canale Funeral Directors. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 4th at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, and at the Coffeeville Methodist Church on Sunday, February 5th at 2:00 p.m.

The family requests that any memorials be sent to Idlewild Presbyterian Church or to Methodist Hospice.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Feb. 2, 2017
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