Services for Margie Beth “Betty” James Pernell, 90, of Cleburne will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in the Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery. Her nephew Jim Hallman will officiate. Pallbearers will be Chad Buenger, Justin Buenger, Rick Van DeRiet, Larry Bowers, Robbie Wallace and David Carter. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Margie Beth “Betty” James Pernell passed from this life to her eternal home with her Lord on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. She was born to John A., Sr. and Ruth Clayton James in Cleburne on Nov. 16, 1923.
After high school graduation, Betty attended Texas Christian University. She started her working career at the Johnson County Courthouse. Betty was a stay-at-home mom through her children’s younger years and later worked in admissions at Johnson County Memorial Hospital.
Betty enjoyed traveling and had the privilege of visiting several countries. She enjoyed her years with duplicate-bridge partners as they competed on bridge tournaments throughout the state. Betty made many lifelong friends. Nancy Ferguson Holloway, Barbara Palmer, Joyce and Monte Swatzell and Barbara Jones kept close contact with her through her last days. Neighbors Linda and Robbie Wallace, Shellie and David Carter and Jen Cimo kept very close watch over Betty and niece, Ruth Scogin was so attentive to all of Betty’s needs.
Betty had a huge heart and was particularly compassionate when it came to animals and birds. Her beloved pet Eddie was always by her side. Betty constantly doted over recent pets, Sophie and Mr. Kitty. Betty’s devotion to Sophie’s need for a daily walk surpassed her own failing health.
Betty’s greatest loves were her daughter, Marsha and son, Tommy. She lived for their visits and spoke often of her unfailing love for them and their families. Betty was always eager to talk about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.