Betty Wells ATCHLEY
Betty Wells ATCHLEY
  • June 22, 1922 - October 20, 2017
  • Huntsville, Alabama

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Betty “Ma Betty” Wells Atchley, 98, passed away Friday, October 20, 2017 in her home after leading a long and full life surrounded by a large family and many friends. She passed away peacefully in her sleep and is reunited in death with her husband, James Howard Atchley.

She is preceded in death by siblings Louise Maples, Ruby Weaver, Lucy Prince, Bob Wells, and Carl Wells. She leaves behind her sister Sue Wells, son Howard Ray Atchley, daughter-in-law Edith S. Atchley, and daughter Patricia Thacker. She also leaves behind loving grandchildren: Ronnie Boozer, Wendy Land, Louis Thacker III, Jennifer Brewer, and Samantha Griffin. She is great grandmother to eleven grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by one grandson, Josh Thacker.

Betty was born in Paint Rock, Alabama on June 22, 1919 to James R. Wells and Mary Liza Tennie Belle Smith. She was one of seven children, and the daughter and granddaughter of share croppers. She spent her early years working on the family farm picking cotton. She starting quilting at the age of six and continued to quilt until her hands would no longer cooperate in her late 80s. She met and married the love of her life on December 20, 1947. She was a hard working home maker who never took a day off. She was often found working in the flower or vegetable garden, shucking corn, and canning vegetables. She did so much for so many people. She had a hard time letting anyone else take care of her. She led a simple life, and she spread a lot of love to a lot of people. She will be greatly missed.

The visitation will be held at Valhalla Funeral Home on Monday, October 23rd from 6 to 8 PM. The funeral service will be Tuesday, October 24th at 3 PM. The burial will follow in the Garden of Valor.