Saturday, July 23, 2011

May she rest in peace.

Betty Louise Bell-Miller died Friday, July 22, 2011, after a valiant battle with cancer. She passed away at home with the unstoppable love, support, and care of her husband, Gerald Miller, who was a great comfort to her both in sickness and in health. Betty was a long-time resident of the stateline area. She was a quilter, a gardener, an interior designer, an artist, a reader, a seamstress, a needleworker and a blogger. She will be greatly missed as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, a feisty ally and a generous friend. She will not be forgotten.
Betty will be sadly missed by her loving husband, Gerald, her daughter, Vicki, her son Michael, 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, her step-son Gerald jr. and his family, and her half-brothers and sisters, Karen, Karla, Steven and Robert.
As an only child, Betty is preceeded in death by her mother, Eliza Beth Sitone', and her father, Theron Glen Bell.
A memorial service will be held on Wed, July 27, 2011, at 11 a.m. to celebrate her life.

Betty has requested that the following quote be etched upon her grave marker:

"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I've heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

36 comments:

Janet Ghio said...

Oh I am so sad. Betty was part of the Roses group that I belong too. My prayers and heart are with all of you.

jackie said...

What sad news! Betty was such an inspiration with all of her lovely art! Blessings to the family.

Elaine A said...

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of such a lovely lady. I never met Betty in person, but I was a follower of her blog. She was such a wonderful teacher and artist, always willing to answer my questions. I will miss her greatly. My condolences and heartfelt prayers to her family. May the wonderful memories you hold in your heart of her, help all of you in this very sad time. God Bless you Betty. My life was made richer by having you in it.

Sincerely,

Elaine Allen

alveen said...

May she rest in peace.
Betty was a very genuine and talented lady with a big heart. I will miss her greatly.
My heartfelt sympathy to her family and loved ones.

Bev said...

god bless u dear Betty and to the family, may i say what a wonderful lady she was , i also knew her via Roses and she will be dearly missed ....

hugz bev langby leofaerie17@gmail.com

Screaming Sardine said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I "met" Betty through the Roses group, though I haven't been active for a few months now. Betty was such a sweetheart and always made a person feel good.

My thoughts and prayers go with her family now during this difficult time.

Tracy Screaming Sardine

Awishdream said...

I am so sorry to hear this news. I was also a follower of Betty's and I knew her from other art groups. She was a wonderful person and artist! She will be greatly missed! my prayers and thoughts go out to her family.
God Bless
~Melanie

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

I just recently joined Roses and never had the opportunity to become acquainted with Betty, I'm sorry I missed out on a wonderful friend and person. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family at this time. We are all just a moment in time and need to take time for our Families, friends and those we love in our creative journey. Blessings to all. Marilou

Elizabeth Golden said...

What a dimmer place the world is without Betty. I hope her family will know how many lives she has touched. Although I never met her I knew her through her blog and her art. I felt as if she was a friend. So long friend I hope you have found the peace you so richly deserve.
Elizabeth

Beth said...

I have the misfortune of not having had the chance to get to know Betty. We were both members of Roses on My Table but alas our paths never crossed because I am one of the quiet ones. I send my most sincere condolences to Betty's family at this most difficult time. I wish I had gotten to know her as so many did!
May God be with her now,
Love and Prayers,
Beth Pollock

Tricia said...

I am so sorry to learn of Betty's passing. My heartfelt sympathies to her family. I knew Betty through our online Altered Art Yahoo group and found her art to be very inspiring and uplifting. She was a very positive lady and I never knew she was so sick. God bless and comfort you.

Tricia Leng

Darrelyn said...

I add my lonely tear to the sea created by the many heavy hearts that Betty touched in her life.

Betty was so generous with her talents and warmth! I knew Betty only through her blog, but felt as though she was a helpful neighbor. It was always a joy to see what treasures she had created, and what doors to creativity she opened for anyone wishing to peek inside.

Hugs and blessings to all the family and friends she held dear.

Darrelyn

Lillian Mederak said...

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of such a lovely lady.
I was a follower of her blog. She was such a wonderful artist, always willing to answer my questions. I will miss her .
My life was made richer by having Betty in it.
My condolences and heartfelt prayers to her family.
Lillian
http://www.canadianscraptramp.blogspot.com/

Bobbi said...

I'm so sorry to hear this news. I've been a follower of Betty's for some time now and also a friend to her on Roses. Betty was a inspiration to me! She was such a talented, wonderful, caring, generous, loving person! I'll miss Betty and her art, her humor, and her devotion. She'll always be in my heart.
May our Lord hold her in His hand and love her, and may He ease your hearts with love and her wonderful memories with love until yous meet again. God Bless Betty and also her family.
Hugs and many blessings...
Bobbi Ann Cook

Astrid Maclean said...

So sorry to hear this, I knew Betty through both Roses and another art group. Betty was a most generous, kindhearted, warm and talented lady whose work was loved and admired by many and she will be sadly missed!
My thoughts and prayers go out to her family!

Ann said...

My deepest sympathy to All of Betty's family,loved one's and friends. I first met Betty about 5 years ago,through one of the first art groups I joined. she was such an inspiration,so kind and really made me feel as though I could "do anything" in my art. She will be so missed by all who were touched by her kindness,generosity, talent. she was a teacher,an inspiration and a friend. The world has lost a truly wonderful person.
My love,thoughts and prayers to all who knew this lovely woman.
Betty,thank you for your guidance and for making me feel a part of the very first group I joined..you made me feel so welcome and wanted. my early work was so basic,yet your words made me feel so much better,that my work was worthy of swapping!!! Thank you for always caring about how I felt and letting me know that I mattered.
My heart is heavy,there are tears in my eyes and heart..but my memories of you bring a smile to my heart and soul. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE BETTY.

Sunshineshelle said...

What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful sweet person, my thoughts are with her family & close friends. The quote to be etched is touching, beautiful & inspirational. Love to all.

Jackie said...

My deepest sympathies go out to Betty's family and friends.
Betty was the first person to friend me on Roses...and even though I never got the chance to know her, I feel like I, too, am a part of her light.
Because of her kindness and generous and talented heart Betty's influence touched everyone she knew and she will always be greatly missed.
May Betty rest gently in God's arms, forever at peace.

Lizbethem said...

God bless Betty and her family.

Eileen said...

Like so many of the commenters, I knew Betty through an online art group. Besides being talented Betty was a big hearted generous person, always willing to share her knowledge (and supplies!). I am blessed to have several of her pieces thanks to swaps, and will cherish them even more now.
Betty, you have touched so many, more than you could have imagined, and you will be missed.
xoxo
Eileen

Beadwright said...

Betty brightened my days, made me laugh, and inspired me. She will be missed.
Nicole/Beadwright

Gloria said...

I didn't know Betty. I learned of her passing from Nicole's blog and stopped by to send prayers and condolences to her family.

Kathy said...

I knew Betty from an online art group..She was a gifted and talented artist..I have followed her beautiful art on her blog for years and she has always amazed me with her talent, her passion and her vision of beauty and peace in all that she did..

It was a privledge to know her and she will be greatly missed...Thank you, Betty, for the inspiration and friendship that you gave me..Kathy

Tam Hess said...

Blessings and peace to you and your family! xoxo

Noemi said...

My condolences to the family of such a great lady all the way from Spain.
May God help you to deal with her loss.

Cristina Zinnia Galliher said...

God bless Betty's family in this time of grief. She is a part of my heart now and she will be dearly missed as my friend. With love and prayers, Zinnia

Kim said...

My heart and prayers go out to Betty's family. I have been swapping art with Betty for several years and she has been a good friend and a true artist. I'm thinking of you Betty and hoping you are at peace. xoxo

Robin said...

I am so sads to hear of betty's passing . I had just gotten to know her. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and her dearset friend .
robin krieger

NEEDLEWINGS said...

I had run across Betty's blog awhile back and so wished to be like her. Her art is awesome and choice of music, devine. I would often go to the blog to listen for hours for new favorites. I only wished I had"known" her longer. I had discovered she was on Roses when I joined. She will be missed by all that were touched by her, but pieces of her will linger on. Our lives are richer for it. May the memories outweigh the sorrow in time. Many blessings to the family as you deal with an irreplaceable loss.

Ineke van den Akker said...

Terrible to hear this. Thanks Betty for your love and Friendship.
with love from Holland,
Ineke

hula-la said...

I have a tag from Betty hanging above my desk! She was my first friend request on Roses, and I will keep her inspiration going in all my projects!!!

Annette said...

I will certainly miss this wonderful lady and she was so talented and kind. My heart goes to the whole family and she will be looking down at you all and be proud of you. She will be so missed by us all. xoxo

sjmcdowell said...

We will Miss you dear Betty...but only for a short while.
Eternity is forever and may we all meet up again in the house of the Lord.

God Bless Betty's family that they will have peace
in there hearts and their grief will be soothed.

Love is Eternal,

Susan

Debbie said...

I just found out late last week, when I visited her blog,(which I do once in awhile)I am shocked and saddened, although I never knew her, we participated in a few art shares in out yahoo altered book group. I have one of her tags that I will treasure. Betty..go with God and Thank you for all your inspiration.
Debbie Lynch

Monster said...

Cheap Monster Beats This is a very well bolg!

KathTwo said...

I am a member of Altered Books where I found this lovely blog. I so admired the beauty and joy in every line and image that I wished I personally knew the author. Sometimes I would just visit because it would "wash away from the soul, the dust of every day life" I am so very sorry for your loss. - Kathi Klein