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Bettie Harris

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In 1951, Bettie Shelton married her high school sweetheart, Beverly Harris. He was 19 and she was 20. Their marriage lasted 57 years. They both loved the Lord and serving others. On October 17, after Bettie’s three year battle with Alzheimer’s, they met again in heaven.

Bettie was a church secretary for over 35 years! Turnpike Church of Christ was blessed to have her. She knew everyone and everyone loved her. Even after retiring as church secretary, she continued as secretary to the Elders for several years.

Born on April 25, 1931, the fourth child of Carrie and William Shelton of Lone Camp, Texas, Bettie loved Christmas best of all the holidays. She was known for making the house festive, carefully shopping for each family member and wrapping each gift with love and affection. Bettie truly loved Christmas day when family would gather, have a wonderful feast, and exchange gifts. She loved to give! Bettie and Beverly also loved to travel. They were blessed to visit many beautiful places. The kids vividly remember touring Colorado and the West as they put thousands of miles on a camper/converted bread truck!

Bettie was preceded in death by Beverly, her parents, two sisters Loree Ham and Lola Belle Peach, and a brother, Doyle Shelton. Bettie is survived by her daughter, Cathy Overman and husband, Tommy, of Grand Prairie and son, Russell Harris and wife, Gwen, of Little Rock, Arkansas. Bettie loved being MeMa. Her legacy lives on in five grandchildren, Tyler Overman and wife, Hannah, Tana Overman, Sarah, Laura, and Zane Harris. She was blessed to have three great grandchildren, Timothy, Travis, and Tia Overman and several nieces and nephews.

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