Bettie Jane Coston Obituary

February 7, 1945 ~ June 7, 2023

78 Years Old


A private graveside service will be held 3pm, on Friday, June 9, 2023 at Sunset Memorial Cemetery to remember the life of Bettie Jane Coston. Brother Gebe Fuller will be officiating.

Bettie Jane (Phillips) Coston, Age 78, of Bearden, Arkansas passed away peacefully on June 7, 2023.

She was born February 7, 1945 in Banks, Alabama at her family home place to parents, Ollie Jeff Phillips and Gertrude Williams. Bettie spent most of the later 1970’s in Alabama working for the well known, Vanity Fair, as a seamstress. During this time, she raised her only child, Barbara. She was very talented and later started working as a waitress where she met the love of her life, Earl Coston. They married in 1984 and moved to Bearden, Arkansas. The two made a happy life together for 37 years until his passing in 2021.

Many fond memories that the family have of Bettie include the cards and gifts that she loved to send on every holiday, birthday or just because. She was a feisty little lady with a heart of pure gold. Her family was very important to her and she always made sure to let them know. She was an excellent cook and her “cat head” biscuits and gravy will be talked about for generations to come. Her Singer sewing machine fixed just about every problem her grandson’s had.

After a long and adventurous life, she came to Nacogdoches to be with her family in 2021. Her health was declining but she was a fighter and made sure that she was able to see her grandchildren and great grandchildren when she could. Barbara saw that Bettie received the absolute best care available and will greatly miss her mother but can smile knowing that she is happy to be back with Earl and her beloved dogs, Cookie and Sissy.

Bettie is survived by her daughter, Barbara Smith (Gerald) of Nacogdoches, Grandson, Christopher Smith (girlfriend, Alison Anders), Grandson, Cory Smith (Macy) of Nacogdoches, Brother, Shorty Phillips (Debbie) of Selma, Alabama and two great grandchildren, Halie Smith and Carson Smith.

Proceeding Bettie in Death are her parents and her siblings, brothers; David Phillips, Harvey Phillips, Sonny Phillips and sisters; June Green and Katherine McKown.

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