Betty Jean Beasley was born into this life on July 31, 1952, in Gurdon, Arkansas to the union of Cleader Beasley and Gean McPeak. She was adopted by Charlie Beasley and was the 2nd of 12 children born. Growing up in a large family she was taught that family should always stick together. She attended Bell High School. Betty was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and later united with Bethel AME Church under the leadership of Rev. Betty Gulley.
Betty married her high school sweetheart, Herbert W. Bell, Sr., and to this union, four children were born, Rose, Herbert, Jr., Monica, and Sam. Although their marriage would end, they remained close friends. Later in life, she met her loving companion Lee Quarles and they welcomed the birth of Pamela. They had a loving relationship and she always desired the best for her family.
She was a former employee of Diamond Country for several years. She also worked for Petit Jean Poultry for over 18 years. She made many friends and enjoyed spending time with her family. Betty was the life of the party and would always wear her shades. Her family was everything to her and she was “Mama Betty” to all of her kids. Her home was always open to anyone that needed a home and a cooked meal. She’d stay glued to the tv watching “The Young and the Restless” and the Lifetime channel. She loved music with her favorite being gospel and she enjoyed a little bit of Betty Wright. She would sing with joy.
Betty departed this life on April 27, 2022, peacefully in the comfort of her home. She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings.
Her memory and love will live on with her loving children: Rose Bell, Herbert W. Bell, Jr., (LaShiro), Monica Bell McDore (Robert), Sam W. Bell (Tracy) and Pamela Quarles all of Gurdon, AR; 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Lola Mae Tucker (Travis) of South Carolina, Nancy Beasley of Little Rock, Mattie Beasley Marlow (Jimmy) of Gurdon, AR, Viola Beasley Henry (Sidney) of Gurdon, AR, Dennis Beasley (Dorothy) of Arkadelphia, AR, Eddie Ray Beasley (Madelyn) of Little Rock, AR, Lucille Beasley of Gurdon, AR, Debora Beasley Livingston (Stephen), Mae Beasley both of Gurdon, AR, Donald Beasley (Clara) of Antione, AR, Elizabeth Garner of Gurdon, AR, Maerean McPeak, Benny McPeak both of Dallas, TX.
She also leaves a granddaughter she raised as her own, Lorena Bell; special friends, Clenton Campbell and Joyce Brown, as well as, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, May 6, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. with the family hour from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A service celebrating her life will she shared at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church with Rev. Rufus Hatley, the eulogist. Interment will be at Shady Grove Cemetery in Beirne, Arkansas.