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Betta Jean Beavers SmithPassing: September 11, 2017


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Saturday, September 16th @ 1:00 pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Saturday, September 16th @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Mitchell Cemetery

Saturday, September 16th

Plantation, Florida – Betta Jean Beavers Smith, 89, passed quietly on Monday, September 11, 2017.

Born March 8, 1928, in Milltown, Indiana, she was the daughter of Everett and Ida Fern (Hannel) Grunden.

Betta was the first and foremost a warm caring person who treated all with kindness and respect.  In the vernacular of her day, she was always referred to as, “that sweet Betta.”  She would undoubtedly list her two sons as her most important achievements in a life well lived.   She was married to Jesse Beavers, father of her two sons, until his death in February 1983.  They had been childhood sweethearts from the third grade.  They lived their early years in a small frame house on Main Street in Mitchell until finally building their dream home on three acres on State Road 60 East in 1970.  Betta married Tom Smith in 1985.  They lived in Salem and then on White River near Shoals.  Finally, in retirement, they moved to Plantation, Florida, near Tim, where Tom died in 2015.  Ironically, Betta, who was always the caregiver, became the cared-for as Alzheimer’s ravaged her life.

Betta is survived by her sons, Keith Beavers and his wife, Donna, and Tim Beavers and his wife, Betty Anne.  She is also survived by grandchildren, Jason Beavers and his wife, Meredith, Jeffrey Beavers and his wife, Summer, Justin Beavers, Alexanne Beavers, and great grandchildren, Adrianna Beavers, Merrick Beavers, and Raylan Beavers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and siblings, Ollie Grunden, Bennie Grunden, Irene Grunden, Mildred Haley, Violet Davis, and Maudie Mann.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 16, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Lee Hupp officiating.  Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

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5 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Terry (Wood) Naftzger | Bloomington, IN 47404
    Date: October 29, 2017
    Keith, I'm sorry you mom is gone. We never think they won't be with us I miss my parents so much. I hope you are doing well.
  2. Guest: Dennis Mathewson | Lebanon, Kentucky
    Date: September 15, 2017
    I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Recently I lost my dear mother, and found great comfort in the Holy Bible, like at Isaiah 25 verse 8 - "The Sovereign Lord will swallow up death forever, and wipe away the tears from all faces." Also at Revelation 21 verse 4, we find God's promise to remove both pain and death. For more comfort, I turn to the website at: www.jw.org (Search: Comfort)
  3. Guest: Debbie Neideffer Hunt | Georgetown, IN
    Date: September 15, 2017
    Your mother was truly one of a kind and your description is exactly correct. If you look up sweet or caring in the dictionary it would have her name attached. Jonathan and I miss going to visit Tom and Betta at the river. So sorry for you loss.
  4. Guest: Joyce M. Jeffries (Formerly Kelley) | Bedford IN
    Date: September 14, 2017
    I only met Betta a few times in the early 1980's, but she was such a sweet lady. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep all your family in my thoughts and prayers.
  5. Guest: Mary Lagle | Mitchell
    Date: September 14, 2017
    Such a sweet Lady, prayers for comfort for her family.