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.
Betty was a long-time and oldest continuous member of First Baptist Church in Cleburne.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John A. James Jr. and wife, Jane; son-in-law, Richard Cottle; brother-in-law, Bill Hallman; special friend, Donald Burton; and former husband, Tom Pernell.
Survivors include her son, Thomas Marshall Pernell Jr. and life partner, Rick Van DeRiet; daughter, Marsha Pernell Cottle and special friend, Larry Bowers; sister, Ida Ruth Hallman; grandchildren, Chad Buenger and wife, Mandi, Justin Buenger and wife, Lauren, and Maggie Sherrif Clausen; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Holdyn, Layne and Landyn Buenger; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Julie, Tiffany, Julie, Steve, Janet and Darla with Girling Hospice and Debra Thomason for their wonderful care.
Memorials in her memory may be made to Meals-on-Wheels, 106 E. Kilpatrick, Cleburne, TX 76031; First Baptist Church, 414 N. Main St., Cleburne, TX 76033; or the charity of your choice.
You may sign guestbook, view obituary and photo at www.cpcleburne.com.
Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Funeral Home
512 N. Ridgeway Drive
Cleburne, TX 76033