Bettye Jane Daugherty
Published: December 27, 2012
BETTYE JANE DAUGHERTY, 85, of Little Rock died Dec. 23. She was born Aug. 21, 1927 to Charles Bernard and Mary Mildred Erwin. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold Daugherty, and brother, C.B. Erwin Jr. She is survived by her sons, Dan Daugherty and Drew Daugherty, both of Little Rock; daughter Jane Daugherty Karker of South Thomaston, Maine, and grandchildren Rachel Daugherty, Evan Daugherty, Daniel Karker, Mary Leah Karker and Andrew Daugherty.
She attended Little Rock Senior High School (Central), Ward-Belmont School for Girls in Nashville, Tenn., and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Southern Methodist University.
A Master Gardener, she headed the garden project for the Old State House. She also served as president of the Central Arkansas Horticulture Society. Her home garden in Little Rock's Robinwood neighborhood was often featured on garden tours.
Her strong sense of social justice and community spirit compelled her to become one of the youngest members of the Women's Emergency Committee to Save Our Schools in 1958 during the Central High Crisis.
She and her husband, Hal, were founding members of the Grande Maumelle Sailing Club at Lake Maumelle where for many years she was an active yachts woman and organizer of social events.
At age 81 she authored an historical novel, "The Great Adoption," which was published in 2008.
The family will receive and greet friends from 2 until 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, at the home of Drew and Heidi Daugherty, 76 Valley Estates Cove, Little Rock. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.