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Betty Lovell (Betsey) Pulley

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Betty Lovell (Betsey) Pulley Obituary
Betty (Betsey) Lovell Pulley

Alexandria - A Celebration of life for Betty (Betsey) Lovell Pulley will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday July 14, 2018, with Dr. Henry C. Blount, Jr. officiating in the chapel of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Alexandria Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Friday, July 13, 2018, and resume from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service on Saturday, July 14, 2018, in the Kramer Chapel.

Betty Lovell Pulley, 88, of Alexandria, passed away on Monday, July 9, 2018, following a long-term illness.

Betty was born on June 28th, 1930, in the Ozark foothills town of Oil Trough, Arkansas - named for long vats in the square used to render bear fat. Her father and mother, George Harrison Lovell and Cora Tinkle Lovell, moved to the Mississippi Delta farmland of Bay, Arkansas to work as sharecroppers, where she picked cotton to buy schoolbooks and clothes.

Life was tough, but Betty was tougher. She graduated as Valedictorian of her high school class and was also active on the school's basketball team. She later claimed that basketball was a good excuse to ride the bus carrying the boy's team, allowing her to spend time with Don Pulley, her first and only love.

Don and Betty were married on October 15, 1949, and spent the early years of their life in a house with no indoor plumbing. Don worked cleaning railroad tank cars and Betty continued picking cotton, with their firstborn daughter Donna asleep on the end of the long sacks that pickers drug through the rows.

Although they tried every way to keep their growing family fed, they couldn't seem to make ends get close enough to wave at each other.

In 1962, Don seized an opportunity to sell life insurance in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the family packed up for the move south. There Betty secured a bookkeeping position at a small car battery plant. She mentioned to Don that they had no salesmen, and he talked his way in as the first.

Fortunes rapidly shifted in their new home. Betty raised four children by herself as Don traveled the South to fund their family. There weren't any idle moments, but she managed to fish, garden and be a good neighbor while cooking, cleaning and keeping her children in line.

In 1975, Don and Betty took another chance and bought a sleepy brake and battery supply business in Lake Charles, Louisiana. With no entrepreneurial experience or training, they worked together to build that humble start into a successful chain of battery supply stores. Today, Don's son David, still operates two Battery Warehouse branches in Alexandria and Marksville.

Don and Betty shared their success with their family, sponsoring an annual reunion and taking trips with friends and relatives.

In 1992, Don fell ill while on a long-dreamed-of trip to Hawaii. Betty lost her lifetime partner to cancer six months later. Betty then poured her energy into her family, traveling frequently to help with grandchildren and attending her sister's last months with daily care. She loved hopping on a plane to Oregon or Florida to help and was an adventurous traveler all of her active life.

Betty won a round with cancer and recovered from serious breaks with courage and energy. She entered her last phase of life on Earth in her typically selfless fashion, continuing to smile and greet her family with joyful hugs until her last days.

Betty is preceded in death by husband, Don and son, Danny. She is survived by daughter, Donna Pulley Nicholas Marcantel of Lake Charles, Louisiana; son, Dean, and daughter-in-law, Miki Poso, of North Fort Myers, Florida; son, David (Monica), of Boyce, Louisiana; sister-in-law, Jan Morrison Brown, of Jonesboro, Arkansas; along with six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and dozens of loving relatives.

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Published in The Town Talk on July 13, 2018
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