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Betty Lea James

December 30, 1945 ~ October 14, 2021 (age 75)

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Betty Lea James was born on December 30,1945 in Grayson, LA to Evester and Mary Etta Stewart.  She was the second of three children. 

Betty was united in marriage to Eleridge James, born unto this union were five children

Betty was baptized at an early age at Evening Star Baptist Church. She was active in the church by serving as a mother of the church, teaching bible study, vacation bible school and Sunday school.   She was a faithful member of the First House of Prayer under the leadership of Rosie Edwards until she departed from this life.

Betty attended Union Central High School in Caldwell Parish, graduating May 23, 1963. She continued her studies at Grambling State University obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and a Master’s in Education from Wayne State University. She began her teaching career at Ecorse High School and later returned to Louisiana as an artist in residence while obtaining her Masters’ +30 hours in Special Education.  She was the first African American to have an art exhibit at the Masur Museum in Monroe, LA. She worked at Ouachita High School for 26 years until retirement.

Betty loved her children. She showed love to her family through her cooking. She had a heart of gold, touching everyone she encountered in a special way. She was funny but quiet.  When she did speak, she always left you wise words.  She was the epitome of a phenomenal woman.  Her legacy will live on through her children.

Betty leaves to cherish her fond memories her beloved daughter Rona of Ruston, LA, son Heath (Melanie) of Portland, OR, daughter Rewa of Monroe, LA, daughter Renee’ (Bryan) of Ruston, LA and son Christopher (Brandi) of Tucson, AZ, her 100 year old mother Mary Etta Stewart, her brothers Leddrew Stewart, Samuel Stewart and special friend Emma Sherman, thirteen grandchildren,  one great grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends .

 Service Information

October 21, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
McFarland Funeral Companies
1901 Burg Jones Lane
Monroe, LA 71202

Graveside Service
October 21, 2021

2:00 PM
Brownville Baptist Church of Columbia
156 Brownville Church Road
Columbia, LA 71418

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