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Betty Meadows

MAGNOLIA, Ark. — Betty Sue Meadows, 86, of Magnolia, has crossed life’s finish line. She has run her race and won. Betty Sue’s life will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2011, at the Lewis Funeral Home Chapel in Magnolia, with the Rev. Dr. Mike Seabaugh and Bro. Steve Ford officiating.

Burial will follow at Magnolia Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home Inc. of Magnolia.

Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Betty Sue was born on Jan. 7, 1925, in Sicily Island to parents Quitman Otto and Mittie Bass Smith who preceded her in death. Her family moved to Magnolia while she was a small child. She attended Magnolia schools and graduated from Southern Park University of Business. Betty Sue married Frank Meadows and mothered four sons. After several years away from Magnolia, she returned and was employed as a legal secretary for the law firm of Keith, Clegg and Eckerd until her retirement. Betty Sue was not one to sit by and let others do the work. She held offices in the Quota Club as well as her Sunday school classes, the Women’s Missionary Union and other leadership positions throughout the many years she attended Magnolia Central Baptist Church.  She loved music, reading, gardening and cooking for her family. Her grandchildren describe her as strong and Godly. “She was a compassionate and caring woman who loved people and had a fun sense of humor,” they said. “But, she was so much more than that.”

Survivors include her four sons Richard and Phillip Meadows of Magnolia, Marshall and daughter-in-law Brenda Meadows of Branson, Mo., William “Bill” and daughter-in-law Shelley Meadows of Burleson, Texas. She has seven grandchildren: Meredith Meadows Hall of Lawrence, Kan.; Krista Meadows of Branson, Mo; Maxwell “Max” Meadows of Fort Myers, Fla; Daniel Meadows, Megan Meadows, Benjamin Meadows and Abigail Meadows of Burleson. She leaves behind five great-grandchildren; Thomas and Lauren Paige, Michaela Meadows-Hall and Gabrielle Hall of Lawrence. Betty Sue will be greatly missed by her sister Marilyn, brother-in-law James Reddell and niece Susan Reddell of Magnolia, Ark.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in care of Central Baptist Church, 207 West Union St., Magnolia, Ark. 717543.

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