Bette Jean Smith, 87, of Carmi, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi. She was born on April 6, 1936, in Enfield, Illinois, the daughter of John Pender "Jack" and Evelyn E. (Abba) Smith. Bette graduated from Enfield High School and went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree from Indiana State University of Evansville and then completed her Master's Degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute. She worked as a third grade teacher at Lincoln School in Carmi until retirement. Bette was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and enjoyed watching them play baseball.
Bette is survived by her brother Roger (Paula) Smith of Carmi, IL; nephew, Andrew (Cassie) Smith; grandniece, Sophia Smith; two grandnephews, Landon Smith and Carson Smith; and a cousin, Aimi (Darin) Hartlieb. She is preceded in death by her parents; and a niece, Amanda Smith.
A private graveside service for Bette Smith will be held at White County Memorial Garden in Carmi. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Pets At Risk and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi, who is in charge of arrangements.