Betty Byrl Gibbons

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BETTY BYRL (MERIDETH) GIBBONS, 83, of North Little Rock died on Aug. 20, 2010. She was born on Aug. 8, 1927 to Shelby and Lillian (Hill) Merideth. She was happily married for almost 37 years to the love of her life, Jimmy Gibbons until his passing. They had two sons, Jim (born 1952) and the late Jonathon Wade (born/died in 1957). Betty was a world class mother and homemaker. A longtime member of North Little Rock's Calvary Baptist Church, she was a volunteer with the Baptist Health Little Rock Auxiliary. Betty had a beautiful voice and was known for singing birthday greetings and "Silent Night" (in German). She made hot homemade soup for the sick and carried soft peppermints in her purse, which she distributed liberally. Betty was a second mom to many, a precious grandmother and aunt. In addition to her parents, husband and infant son, she was preceded in death by her sisters and their husbands, Glendene (Bud) Muse and Wanda (Ralph) Watson of North Little Rock; brother and sister-in-law, Clark and Grace Gibbons of Little Rock; sister and brother-in-law, Nellie and Eddie Crabtrey of Pasadena, Texas; sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle and Chuck Heyer of Ypsilanti, Mich.; and a dear nephew, Tony Townsend of Boynton Beach, Fla. Betty is survived by her son and his wife, Jim and Callye Rose Gibbons; two grandsons, Jimi and Gabe Gibbons; sister and brother-in-law, Clio and Harvey Townsend, all of North Little Rock; a brother and sister-in-law, Shelby and Jan Merideth of Holly, Mich.; a brother-in-law, Bobby Joe Gibbons of Alexander. Visitation will be 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22 with funeral services at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23 at North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 N. Main Street, 758-1170. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 5025 Lynch Drive, North Little Rock, Ark., 72117 and to Arkansas Hospice, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, Ark., 72116. Online obituary and guest register at

Published August 22, 2010

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