Betty Ruth (St. John) Arie, 72 of Cave City, Ark., died Sept. 24, 2008, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. She was born April 10, 1936, at Hoxie, Ark., to Leonard Otto and Velva (Riggs) St. John.
She was a homemaker and had worked at White Rodgers and Westport Casuals in Batesville. She was a member of the VFW women's auxilary in Evening Shade and was of the Church of God faith.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband of 25 years, Needham L. Arie; one sister, Juanita Rudick; and one niece, Teresa Rudick.
Survivors include: one son, Billy Joe Lester Arie Sr. and wife Pamilia of LaPlace, La.; one daughter, Betty Joan Odell Head and husband Lewis of Cave City; three brothers, Sandford "Mike" St. John of Batesville, Leonard St. John and Tommy St. John, both of Cave City; two sisters, Lavada Coles of Batesville and Lydia Rudick of Cave City; three grandchildren, Billy Joe Lester Arie Jr. of Batesville, Brittiune Joseph-Lynn McClure and Benjamin Jean-Luc Arie, both of LaPlace, La.; several nieces; nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Sept. 27 at the Cave Creek Church of God located in the Cave Creek Community with Bro. Eric Downs and Bro. Justin Clark officiating. Burial followed in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens located north of Batesville with arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers were Terry St. John, Calvin Rudick, Johnny Coles, Langley Puckett, Brandon Clark and Mike Brooks.
Honorary pallbearers were Dewayne and William Coles.