P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

Bettye Jo Edwards
January 14, 1941 - February 22, 2023

Bettye Jo Edwards

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Bettye Jo Edwards was born on Tuesday, January 14, 1941, in Lincoln County, Arkansas to the late James Giggles and Wille Mae (Walls) Giggles. Bettye loved the Lord and accepted him as her personal savior at a young age. She was a faithful member of Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church for many years. She sang in the choir and held other positions in the church. Later in life, she became a member of Mt Zion Missionary Baptist Church, North Warren under the leadership of Pastor Robert Cook.
Bettye was a graduate of Bradley County High School, class of 1960. After graduation, she married the late J.D. Edwards on December 14, 1959, and God blessed their union with four beautiful children. 
She worked several jobs in her lifetime including The Coral, Morgan Lindsey, Warren Hospital, Warren School District, and the Human Development Center, where she worked until retirement.
Bettye Jo (some of her greatest moments): loved fishing and went often with her husband J.D, she loved flowers and would always watch them bloom in the springtime, enjoyed spending time with her family for holidays, vacations, and special events, and spent time talking on the phone with her children, grandchildren, siblings, and friends.
Mrs. Bettye Jo Edwards entered eternal rest on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, after passing away peacefully in her sleep at her daughter's home.
Bettye was proceeded in death by her parents James Giggles and Willie Mae (Giggles), husband J.D. Edwards, and other family members.
To cherish her memory, she leaves behind her children, Belinda (Sam) Madujibeya of Gardner, NC, Robert Edwards of Hot Springs, AR, Jennifer (Isaac) Igbonagwam of Austell, GA, and Lucinda (Donald) Harris of Little Rock, AR; two sisters, Mae (Jessie) Hinton of Little Rock, AR and Carolyn (Aubert) Beavers of Pine Bluff, AR; One step-brother Thomas (Becky) Giggles of California; two stepsisters Emily Giggles of Colorado and Shirley Giggles of California; eleven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; two special friends; Hazel Worthy and Gretchen Peacock, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. 

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Friday, March 3, 2023
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943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71655
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Saturday, March 4, 2023
at 11:30 a.m.
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943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71657
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  1. Brandy Madujibeya
    Grandma I loved you so much. I thank you being my grandma, couselor, spiritual leader, and my cheerleader. Rest in peace and see you in heaven one day.
  2. Frances Hampton
    I am sorry to hear of Mrs Betty passing but I do believe she is at eternal rest with the Lord. I have known her all my life and she was such a sweet and godly woman. My brother Jerry and Robert were close friends so my mother and her became acquainted through them. Our family (Thompson family) share in your sorrow and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
  3. Melanie Rawls
    Earth has no sorrow heaven can’t heal. So sorry for the loss of Betty. I met her years ago when I worked at the HDC such a sweet spirit
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