Memorial services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at First Baptist Church Sanctuary with Dr. Howard K. Batson, officiating. Graveside services were held on Tuesday at White Deer Cemetery with Tom Foran, officiating.
Bette was born on Sept. 4, 1942 in Amarillo to Hazel and C. L. Edwards. She graduated from Panhandle High School and earned her bachelor degree in education from West Texas State University (WTSU). She went on to earn her master’s degree in business education from WTSU. She married Cecil Carpenter in 1975 in Amarillo. Bette dedicated herself to education and higher learning. She taught at Panhandle High School, Randall High School and Canyon High School. She also taught at Amarillo College and WTSU, retiring in 2002 after 40 years of teaching. Bette was named Educator of the Year for two years at WTSU and served as executive secretary of the Texas Business Education Association. She served as WMU director at First Baptist Church for two years in the early 1990s. She has been an active member of First Baptist Church since 1972. Bette was a talented singer, pianist and organist. She was extremely creative and was gifted in design.
Bette’s family meant everything to her. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Ronnie Edwards.
Survivors include her husband, Cecil Carpenter; two daughters, Lisa Neese and Leslie Lee, both of Amarillo; and a step-daughter, Amy Beth and husband Joseph Turner of Columbus, Ohio.