Betty Beasley Harris, age 73, slipped the bonds of this earth, in the arms of her family, on May 21st, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is preceded in death by her parents, Edwardd & Merle (Nordyke) Beasley; first husband, Leo Fischer; brother, Gary Beasley; sister, Shirley Beasley Truett; step-son, Randall Harris; and granddaughter, Tessa Harris. She is survived by her husband, Dan Harris; sons, Denver Dennis Jr. & his wife Jeri, and Edward Fischer; step-son, Danny Harris; daughters, Carol Matsumoto & her husband Cary, Linda Matthews & her husband Richard; brother, Barry Beasley & his wife Linda; grandchildren, Bonnie & her husband Jason Schmeisser, Samantha, Jaclyn, and Cody Dennis; Amanda Matthews, Sarah Carroll & her husband Chad, Tommy Fischer, and Justin Harris; great-grandchildren, Dylan Doloff, Ethan and Aiden Carroll, Leo Bettencourt; her lifelong friend, Bobbie Jones; and a host of many other family & friends.
Betty was born on February 11, 1937 in Lamesa, Texas and resided in Midland most of her life. Loyal to her roots, she was always a proud Texan. By the time Betty was just 25 years old, she had to bury her first husband then her father, and was left to raise her four children by herself. This caused her to be exceptionally strong as she taught her children poise, grace, and moral values while they were growing up, despite their difficult circumstance. Betty’s wonderful sense of humor helped them through many situations and she was truly a trailblazer for strong women and a model as an excellent provider for her family. She spoke her mind so it was always clear where she stood. Betty was well versed and loved to read. She enjoyed photography and taking pictures of her family. In her spare time she watched the TV series NCIS, solved puzzles, created scrapbooks or traveled. Betty’s grandchildren affectionately called her “Granny”. Deep love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ carried Betty over many obstacles that she conquered with verve and humor. Her radiant soul and fortitude inspired the many lives that she touched to follow in her footsteps.
Visitation for Betty in Pearland, Texas is on Sunday, May 23, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Service is on Monday, May 24, 2010 at 11:00 am in the Clayton Chapel.
There will also be a Visitation on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at West Funeral Home, 401 N. Guadalupe, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220, 575-885-2211. The Funeral Service will be on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 10:00 am in the West Funeral Home Chapel. Interment is at Carlsbad Cemetery in Carlsbad, New Mexico.