ABILENE — Bettye Jeanne Cantrell, age 85, passed away Monday, March 29, 2010, in an Abilene care facility.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, 2010, in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs with Minister Eugene Dewveall officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10 – a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lawson Funeral Home, 803 N. Main, Meridian.

Bettye was born May 18, 1924, in DeLeon.  She was the only child of Benjamin Franklin and Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Polnac Nabors.  She attended and graduated from high school in Walnut Springs.  Bettye married Preston Jay Cantrell on May 9, 1942, in Temple. She was a homemaker and cafeteria worker for the Stephenville ISD.  She was active in civic affairs and worked at the polls each election year.  After moving to Abilene, she became a member of the Minter Lane Church of Christ and enjoyed her church family, baybsitting and caring for the elderly.

Bettye was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Preston Jay Cantrell, on July 5, 1983.

Survivors:  son, Frank Cantrell and wife, Maria, of Port Orchard, Washington; daughters, Paula Clark and husband  Dwayne of Abilene and Mary Ann Morrison of Wichita Falls; grandchildren, Christopher Cantrell of Tuscon, Arizona; Andrea Cantrell of Everett, Washington; Wade Clark and wife, Stephanie, of Abilene; Kim Clark of Abilene and Tanner Morrison of Wichita Falls and 6 great-grandchildren; a step-sister, Betty Sexton and husband, Jesse, of Stephenville; numerous cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Memorials may be made to Sears Methodist Hospice, 3233 S. Willis Street, Abilene, Texas, 79605.

 The family of Bettye Cantrell wishes to extend sincere thanks to doctors, nurses and aides of Mesa Springs Health Care Center, Sears Methodist Hospice and all of her very special friends at Minter Lane Church of Christ.

 Friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.lawsonfuneralhome.net

 Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian is in charge of arrangements.  You may contact them at 243-435-2792 for any additional information.

Published March 31, 2010

Stephenville Empire-Tribune