Betty Ruthene (Beasley) Mitchell

July 21, 1931 ~ January 19, 2021 (age 89)


Betty Ruthene Mitchell, 89, of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was born in St. John, Kansas on July 21, 1931, daughter of the late Ruthford Henry and Gladys May (Lanham) Beasley. Betty spent her life as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker, and friend. She was united in marriage to Fred Douglas Mitchell on December 31, 1950 in Oakland, California and from this union three children were born, Fred Jr., Jerry, and Valerie. During her working years, Betty worked for the Hardware Store in 1973 and for Izard County Medical Center as the Horseshoe Bend Clinic Manager for 13 years. Betty sang in various choirs for 65 years, 35 of which were in the Horseshoe Bend First Baptist Church choir where she was also a faithful member of the congregation. She was the first Chamber of Commerce secretary and was a member of women’s golf.

Betty is survived by her husband, Fred Mitchell, Sr. of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas; daughter, Valerie Clark of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas; son, Jerry Mitchell and wife Christa of Danville, California; daughter-in-law, Janice Mitchell of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas; sister, Virginia Nelson Clark of Melissa, Texas; brother, Jim Lanham of Hutchinson, Kansas; grandchildren, Matthew Mitchell of California, Cassie Howell of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, Gracie Mitchell of Danville, California and Jack Mitchell of Danville, California; step-grandchildren, Jason Orrel of Tennessee and Darren Orrel of California and step-great grandchildren, Hunter Orrel of Tennessee and Dexter Orrel of California.

She was preceded in death by her son, Fred Douglas Mitchell, Jr.; parents, R.H. and Gladys Beasley and brother, Bill Nelson.

Pallbearers include: Kenny Anderson, John Clarke, Ken Cole, Doug Shepherd, Dale Morton and J.C. Martin

Funeral service will be Tuesday, January 26, 2021 beginning at 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. Visitation will be Monday, January 25, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Doty Family Funeral & Memorial Service Chapel in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. Burial will follow in Evening Shadows Memorial Park in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.  

Arrangements entrusted to Doty Family Funeral & Memorial Service of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

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January 25, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Doty Family Funeral and Memorial Service
903 Third Street
Horseshoe Bend, AR 72512

Funeral Service
January 26, 2021

1:00 PM
Horseshoe Bend First Baptist Church
511 West Church Street
Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas 72512

Interment following funeral service
January 26, 2021

Evening Shadows Memorial Park
Highway 289
Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas 72512

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