Bettye Russell Kelly, 88

Published 12:39 pm Friday, December 25, 2020

Bettye Russell Kelly, 88, passed away Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, at her home in LaMarque, TX.

There will be a graveside service held for Bettye at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4,  at Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville.

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Bettye was born August 28, 1932, in Lafayette County. She graduated from Walnut High School in the Mississippi Delta. She was married to Bill Kelly and had one daughter, Selena Faye Gracia. She also had a grandson Anthony Garcia in Houston, TX. They were her pride and joy. She started working in 1953 for South Central Bell in Memphis, later moving to Galveston, TX., where she worked for Southwestern Bell until retirement in 1988.

She moved back to Mississippi in 2001 where she lived until 2018 when she moved back to Texas to be with her daughter. Bettye was a member of Batesville Church of Christ.

The loving family she leaves behind includes her daughter, Selena Faye Garcia of LaMarque, TX.; grandson, Anthony Garcia of Houston, TX; sister, Sue Slaughter (Charles) of Sardis Lake, Bill Russell (Mary) of Oxford, Jackie Russell of Greenville, Bob Lauderdale of Bay St. Louis; and several nieces and nephews.

Bettye was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin Russell and Sally Denton Russell; her step-mother, Faye Lauderdale Russell, 5 brothers, Bobby Russell, Fred Russell, Clay Framarini, Marvin A. Russell, Jr. , Van Burean Russell; and 2 sisters, Ann Percy and Mary DaPrato.