Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Betty Lou Ward (née Brink),


age 88, of Farmington, went to be with her Savior on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.

Betty was a homemaker who devoted her life to her husband and children. Betty

loved the Lord. She was a Freewill Baptist and a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Fayettevil­le for most of her life. In her latter years, she attended Farmington Baptist Church on Main Street (now known as Main Street Baptist Church) as her health permitted. She enjoyed baking, reading, puzzles, Sudoku, spending time with her grandchild­ren and traveling. Betty traveled widely, visiting more than 20 countries. Her favorite destinatio­ns were Rome, Italy, and Antwerp, Belgium. She also loved animals, being the primary caregiver for her children’s many dogs, and in her old age, enjoying the companions­hip of Grizabella, her outdoor cat.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, Edman Eugene “Gene” Ward; parents, James Eldon Brink and Ruth Brink (née Sprinston); and brothers, Harold Brink, Bill Brink, Richard “Dick” Brink, and infant brother, Jerry. She was also predecease­d by her sisters-in-law, Daphne Brink, Melva Brink and Pam Brink; as well as her dear daughter-in-law, Pauline Ward.

Betty is survived by daughter, Jeannie Watts and husband Greg of Midland, Texas; daughter, Susan Dake and husband Roger of Springfiel­d, Mo.; son, Dan Ward and wife Margie of Fayettevil­le; son, Ed Ward of Fayettevil­le; and daughter, Linda Ward of Fort Smith. She is further survived by 11 grandchild­ren, Mica Cook, Mark Watts, Robert Dake, Kristi Dake, Rachel Dake, Aaron Ward, Jennifer McKinney, Bobbi Beckett, Isaac Ward, Kendall Ward and Amy Cochran; and numerous great-grandchild­ren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, at Moore’s Chapel in Fayettevil­le, with a brief graveside service at McCord Cemetery.

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