Hester Elizabeth "Betty" Denty Gitchel
Hester Elizabeth "Betty" Denty Gitchel of Little
Rock passed away April 15, 2003, two days before the sixty-sixth anniversary of
her wedding to James Wallace "Wally" Gitchel. Betty was born December
7, 1914, in Newport, Arkansas, the daughter of Samuel Johnston Denty and Ethel
May Bishop Denty. The family moved to Little Rock when Betty was a small child.
She attended Lee Elementary and Pulaski Heights Junior High schools and
graduated from Little Rock High School. After a short career as a secretary, she
married the love of her life, Wally Gitchel. She spent the remainder of her days
as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Betty is survived by her husband James Wallace Gitchel; two
sons, Wallace Denty Gitchel and his wife Charlotte John of Little Rock and
Samuel James Gitchel and his wife Nancy Bleile of Fresno, California; two
grandsons, Wallace Denty Gitchel, Jr. and his wife Beth of Fayetteville and
James Benjamin Gitchel and his wife Hannah of Eureka Springs; one step-grandson,
David John and his wife Melissa of Little Rock; two step-grandaughters, Devon
Rush and Anne BleileKratzer of Los Angeles, California; one great-grandson,
Quinton Wallace Gitchel; and two stepgreat-granddaughters, Haley Cashion John
and Porter Melissa John.
A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Pulaski
Heights United Methodist Church on Friday, April 20, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.
The family will be at 5801 South Country Club in Little Rock.