The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


November 27, 2012

Bettye Keith Beavers


Bettye Keith "Baa" Suggs Beavers, age 92, passed away at home on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, surrounded by her family.

Bettye was born June 23, 1920, in Fort Smith, Ark., to Faye Prettyman Suggs and R. Staunton Suggs. She graduated from Fort Smith High School and attended Fort Smith Junior College and Oklahoma Baptist University, where she studied music. Bettye was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Joplin, Mo., as well as the Mother Church in Boston, Mass.

She married Clarvel West "Tony" Beavers in 1941. He preceded her in death in 1988.

Bettye and Tony have two daughters, Toni Ann and Patti. The family lived in Fort Smith until 1950, when they moved to Tulsa, Okla. She taught piano lessons for many years and also worked as a clerk at several department stores. She lived in Tulsa for 41 years and after the death of her husband moved to Anderson, Mo., where she has lived for the last 23 years. The great joys of her life were her grandchildren and her beloved dogs and cats. She loved everybody and everybody loved her. She always saw only the good in people.

Bettye was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tony; her sisters, Mary Ann Hicks and Carolyn Gutensohn; and her brother, Robert Staunton "Sunny" Suggs Jr.

Bettye is survived by her two daughters, Toni Ann Stewart, of Tulsa, and Patti Beavers Douglas, of Anderson; grandchildren, Stephen White and wife, Natalie, of Flower Mound, Texas, Sunny Donald, of Pineville, Mo., Shane Stewart and wife, Mary, of Tulsa, Dylan Douglas and Dusty Faye Douglas, of Anderson; great-grandchildren, Lindsey White, Cory White, Sage Donald, Brianna Stewart and Nova Stewart; and great-great grandson, Ethan Warfel.

Memorial service for Bettye Beavers will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Anderson Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be given to an Animal Rescue Group of your choice in loving memory of Bettye.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website

Funeral services are under the personal care and direction of the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson.

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