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Bettye Watts, 68

Bettye Watts passed from this life on January 2, 2019. She was born on October 30, 1950 to the late Harley and Louise Lewis in West Helena, Arkansas.

Bettye contracted polio when she was 2 years old but it did not slow her down. She graduated from Brinkley High School, earned her bachelors and masters degrees from UALR and had a distinguished career with the State of Arkansas before retiring from the Arkansas State Health Department. Bettye was loyal, charming, witty, intelligent and always available to her family and friends.

She leaves behind Marc Watts, her husband of nearly 40 years, and her sister Harley Sebastian Lewis along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

The memorial service will be held at a future date.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. (501) 982-3400.



  • Sherry Gibson Posted January 8, 2019 7:40 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time

  • Diane Rice Posted January 8, 2019 10:44 AM

    Marc, we’re very sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. England Revenue Office

  • Mary Anne Sullivan Posted January 8, 2019 1:25 PM

    Marc…I’m so saddened to hear of Bettye’s passing. She is and always will be one of a kind! Peace and love. Mary Anne

  • Cathy Flanagin Posted January 9, 2019 8:13 AM

    I was so sorry to hear this sad news. I worked with Bettye at ADH. She was smart, nice, & determined. I admired her willingness to fight for what was right for herself & others. I learned a lot from her. Prayers for her family & friends.

  • Bob Posted January 9, 2019 8:26 AM

    My workou buddy gone but never forgotten. Her legacy in Suicide Prevention, Injury Prevention, and her beloved Firemen for their efforts…only surpassed for her love and respect for her Real Husband…Marc. We carry her in our hearts…

  • John Moran Posted January 9, 2019 12:20 PM

    Bettye will be much missed! She stared down adversity that would have gotten the better of many a lesser soul, and did so with unbending good spirits and a unique mix of serious philosophical insight into life’s big questions and an unfailingly humorous perspective on the absurdities of the human comedy. She was witty and warm, generous of heart, smart as a whip, a consummate professional, and the most wonderful company—heartfelt consolations to Marc, and to Bettye’s family & loved ones.

  • Sue Parker Posted January 10, 2019 12:36 PM

    Marc – I was so sorry to hear this sad news. I didn’t know Bettye well, but I always thought she had the best personality and the best grasp of the real world. You and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Debbie Riley Posted January 11, 2019 9:29 AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss of your dear wife…many prayers for you and your family

  • Ronnie Wheeler Posted January 22, 2019 10:11 AM

    Marc, I am sad to hear of Bettye’s passing. We had many discussions regarding fire and fall prevention for at risk seniors and children. She helped me with educational materials I could hand out at public events and to my firefighters. Take care. Ronnie

  • Mandi and Kim Posted February 15, 2019 11:33 AM

    So sorry for your loss we just found out today about her passing, our condolences from the Molly Maid Company Team 3 Mandi and Kim

  • Nicole Hughes, DHS Posted February 26, 2019 9:55 AM

    Mr Marc we are so sorry for your loss. We just found about your wife’s passing. I pray that God will comfort you at this time and always. You have our sympathies.

  • Marvin Allen Rundell Posted January 4, 2021 2:47 PM

    I will always miss you and remember you.

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