Betty Marie Hamblin, 81 of Eureka Springs, Ark., passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale and ascended to her eternal home in heaven to be with Jesus.
There will be no more pain or sorrow for Betty and she will be having a great reunion with many former earthly family members and friends that will be there to greet her in heaven. She was born Aug. 1, 1938 in Tokio, Hempstead Cnty., AR. To Jack Thorn and Helen (Sanford) Stockslager.She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of 12 and was a dedicated Christian.She was the devoted wife of F.T. (Fay) Hamblin for 64 years. As a young girl, living in Eureka Springs, she worked at the Crescent Hotel, along with many of her other family members. She loved square dancing and would preform for tourists that visited her hometown, Eureka Springs, during the time that her father Jack, was the social director for the Crescent Hotel. She had a beautiful Soprano voice and loved to sing. She was the song leader for her church, Mt. View Missionary Baptist Church for over 50 years. In fact she had a song for every occasion, which she was well known for by her family members and she would break into a song, pertaining to the present conversation, a precious memory to have for all that experienced this. Two of her passions of service were teaching Sunday school for many many years and giving to missions to the least fortunate in the world. Betty loved to serve her family with delicious meals and prepared too many to count for the holidays and birthday get togethers. She worked for the Eureka Springs School District for 37 years in many capacities, after being an Avon Lady and a census taker, with Librarian Aid as her most favorite job, during those 37 years, along with teaching students how to read.She herself was a voracious reader of the Bible, but also enjoyed other genre of literary works. Some of her favorites were mysteries. She also loved to watch movies, especially the older ones, along with Science fiction, and action packed movies As a kid she went to the movie theater every week maybe even twice a week, but usually had to take along her two younger brothers, much to her chagrin. Some things most people didn’t know about Betty was that she would have loved to have been a librarian, an actress and to have learned how to play the drums. She also used the “Tarzan Yell” to let her roaming girls know when it was time to come home. She was a devoted mother to her 4 daughters, Lisa Marie Morris ( Randy) of Joplin, MO, Sherree Lynn Oyler (Mark) of Rogers, AR, Laura Jeanne Tyler, (Mark) of Springdale, AR and Stacee Fay Nuckolls ( Wesley) of Eureka Springs, AR. She would attend every event that her “girls” were involved in, even being a Pep Rally Sponsor, which meant riding a school bus to out-of-town games and would drive the 12 miles from their family home to pick them up if she couldn’t attend. She hand-sewed all of her girls dresses for special occasions, especially new Easter dresses and for Homecoming. She even sewed Barbie Doll clothes for her daughters, such a tedious job! Summers were spent working together with her girls, gathering vegetables and fruit from the family garden and working as a team to get them processed. There were also swimming trips to Beaver Lake and picnics outside. She also loved flowers and many of her mother’s day gifts were just that flowers to make her happy. She also loved her grandchildren, they called her, Grammy “B” and the great-grandchildren, also called her, “Mims”.Betty was able to travel abroad on 2 occasions. Once as a sponsor for a school trip that took her to England and France. The second trip to Germany was with her husband, Fay. She absolutely loved England for the beautiful foliage she saw and Germany in how beautiful the Black Forest was and how manicured the grounds were. She meet a man who was still grateful for the US Soldiers that liberated the German people from Hitler, which made a deep impression on her. Betty will leave behind such a great legacy of family members which will always hold on to the wonderful memories they have had with and of her.
Betty is also survived by two brothers, Newell Stockslager, of Harrison, Ark and Roger Stockslager (Melody) of Berryville, AR; 14 Grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, who all loved her very much, sister-in-law, Claudia Shelton (Ed) of Bella Vista and bother-in-law, Steve Hamblin ( Sugar) of Eureka Springs, Ark. 6 nephews and 1 niece, a very special lady.
A visitation and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday February 1, 2020 at Mt. View Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Billy Brace officiating. Visitation will begin at 10 am and the Memorial Service will begin at 11:00 am. There will be a private burial at the family cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers please make donations to Missions via Mt. View Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 101, Beaver, AR 72613 or Circle of Life Hospice. 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762
Arrangements have been entrusted to Sisco Funeral Home of Pea Ridge, Ark.