Arnold, Bettye

Bettye Arnold

September 28, 1930 - May 7, 2022

Bettye Edwards Arnold of Allen, Texas passed away on May 7, 2022 at the age of 91. She was born in Ferris, Texas to Robbie Harvey and Nannie Pauline Finley Edwards on September 28, 1930. She was a graduate of Ferris High School and attended North Texas State in Denton, Texas. Bettye and John A. Arnold, Jr. were married on March 23, 1951.

She is survived by her two sons, John Arnold III and wife, Mary Ann of Rockwall, Texas and Jim Arnold and wife, Debbie of Allen, Texas; five grandchildren, Josh Arnold and wife, Kim of Allen, Texas, Jeff Arnold and wife, Michelle of Dallas, Texas, Caroline Munson and husband, Michael of Dallas, Texas, Jake Arnold and wife, Cassie of Denton, Texas and James Arnold and wife, Taylor of Plano, Texas; eleven great-grandchildren, Jaxon Arnold of Allen, Texas, Kaylie Arnold of Allen, Texas, Jase Arnold of Allen, Texas, Finley Arnold of Denton, Texas, Hattie Arnold of Dallas, Texas, Louisa Arnold of Denton, Texas, Lucy Arnold of Dallas, Texas, Ann Rose Munson of Dallas, Texas, Eleanor Arnold of Denton, Texas, Cella Munson of Dallas, Texas and Ivy Lyn Arnold of Plano, Texas; one niece, Connie Edwards Bratcher of Ferris, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986; her parents; her brother, R.H. Edwards, Jr., and an infant son.

Bettye’s life was devoted to her family, church, friends and helping others. She taught children’s Sunday School, was a Den Mother, carried the church altar flowers to the elderly for 35 years and delivered Meals on Wheels for many years. Bettye was a member of the Ferris and Allen First United Methodist Churches since early childhood. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women and enjoyed being a member of the Tuesday Book Club in Plano, Texas for over 30 years.

The family is grateful to Akua Baah for her many years of loving care in Bettye’s home, along with all the other care givers over the last 9 years of her life.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2022 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013. The service will also be live streamed at TJMfuneral.com on Bettye’s obituary page by clicking on the following link: https://celebrationoflife.tv/blog/bettye-arnold. After the service, the recorded live stream will be available for viewing at the same link location. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas.

The family will receive friends during a visitation on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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My wife, Susan, and I met Bettye and most of her family at the time, in May of 1984. We were new to Allen and my wife was pregnant with our first child. Bettye was like a surrogate mother to me and I always enjoyed the opportunity to stop and talk about many things. I also got to know her Son Jim and his family as they attended church with Bettye for many years. Our families grew at the same time so we always had a lot to talk about each week when we would visit. We had so much in common! Bettye was like a beacon that always made light shine on everything. Unfortunately, I did not find out about her death and the funeral until after the fact, but I wish I could have visited with the family to express my personal condolences. Such a sad thing to see her leave this world but I know she is bringing an abundance of light with her to heaven! Please accept my prayers to the family! Ken Fulk, May 15, 2022 I met Betty at FUMC in 1975 when my husband and I joined the church. I’ve never known a sweeter, kinder person. And always had that lovely smile on her face. I pray for peace and comfort for her family. Rest In Peace Betty, thy good and faithful servant. Paula Holder, May 13, 2022 Bettye was a good friend to me and my family for many years. She was such a lovely, gracious, and devout Christian. We loved her. Pat Paxton, May 12, 2022 Betty Arnold was one of my first girlfriends. John and Bettye lived next door to my family in Ferris. I was a little girl, maybe 4 or 5, when Bettye and I became friends. I could walk to their duplex by myself to visit with Bettye in the afternoons. I don't remember what we talked about but I remember I loved to visit with her. So much so that my mother, Evelyn, would have to come and get me. Evelyn would say, "Sandra, its time to come home now, Bettye wants to visit with John." As a little girl, I didn't understand that, I thought they have all night to visit with each other. Being married now for almost 52 years, I understand that. She was such a la great example to a little girl and to me as an adult. Love to you always Bettye, Sandra Stein Witherspoon Sandra Stein Witherspoon, May 11, 2022 We, ( the Bookouts) fell in love with Bettye years ago. She and my mother, Rose Christian were close friends and members of the wonderful, active, involved, rowdy, spirit-filled Fellowship Sunday School Class. We got to host many of their pot-luck luncheons. Steve and our kids, Caulder and Sarah Ruth, we’re always in attendance.. Bettye’s hugs were as sweet as the desserts she shared. After my mother passed away, I continued to enjoy Bettye’s company at the monthly Tuesday Book Club. I think we looked forward to going to lunch after the presentation if not more than the book review. Many times I felt like Mother was with us.. what a blessing. She had a joyful personality and loved to laugh. I am so thankful she was part of our life. Dru and Steve Bookout Dru Bookout, May 11, 2022 Betty was such a lovely lady! Our family knew her many years through First Methodist in Allen. I enjoyed greeting her at the west door many Sunday mornings; she was always so nice. God bless all who knew and loved her! Alycia Segner, May 10, 2022 What a sweet lady. I really enjoyed knowing her at FUMC Allen. She always had a smile on her face and was a wonderful inspiration to me. Carolyn Vail, May 10, 2022 Our thoughts and prayers to the Arnold Family! Juan Carrizal , May 10, 2022 I remember Bettye well from our days as neighbors in Allen. She was always smiling! So kind and gracious, a precious soul. I know she will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her. Prayers for her sweet family.
Becky Burciaga, May 10, 2022 My love and prayers go out to Betty’s family. Betty was a beautiful soul! Georgia Outman, May 10, 2022 Many precious memories we hold dear in our hearts having known and loved our wonderful friend, Bettye Arnold. You will be greatly missed. Our lives have been enriched having known and loved you these many years of our friendship. May you now rest in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We offer our condolences and deep sympathy for all of the family. May God Bless you. Peggy and Joyce Hansen, May 9, 2022