|Birth: ||Nov. 30, 1928|
|Death: ||Aug. 16, 2009|
Bette Stringfellow Avara, 80, a homemaker, died Sunday, August 16, 2009, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.
Her service will be on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at 2 pm at Porter Funeral Home in Louisville, with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 pm until the service at 2 pm.
Born on November 30, 1928, she was the only daughter of the late Eddie Clyde and Ruth Peters Stringfellow of Louisville.
Bette graduated from LHS and attended both the MSCW and MSU, where she studied Business, and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.
On December 29, 1947, she married Richard Donald Avara of Louisville. They were married almost 54 years until Don's death in 2001. Both Bette and Don were active members of Louisville Presbyterian Church, where Bette served in the Women's Ministries and the Ladies' Church Circle.
Bette's strong faith was exemplified through her thoughts and deeds, and was an integral, important aspect of her daily life. She was also a life member of the Louisville Junior Auxiliary, a national non-profit organization whose mission was to render charitable services beneficial to community, with a special emphasis on children.
Bette also found immense pleasure and enjoyment in playing bridge on a weekly basis, and was a life member of the bridge club in Louisville. While being active in her church and community, she also had four daughters, and devoted her life to raising them into the strong women they all are today. Bette's interest and talent in interior design was strongly evident in the home she created for her family, and in the stylish manner in which she dressed and carried herself--with simple elegance, dignity, charm and grace.
She was most proud of her family, one that grew considerably as her daughters married and gave her 9 grandchildren. To her, being a homemaker and the matriarch of the family was the highest honor and privilege to which a woman could aspire.
Survivors include her daughters, Donna Avara Stephens and her husband, Jim, of Madison; Leigh Avara of Madison; Kim Avara Inzinna and her husband, Steven, of Jackson; Leslie Avara McCarlie and her husband, Cliff of Madison; nine grandchildren, Caroline, Elizabeth, and twins, Mary and Amanda Stephens; Allyn, Avara, and Anthony Inzinna; and Leslie's children, Brooklyn and Tyler Breithaupt.
Mrs. Avara requested that memorials be made to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS, 39745, or Louisville Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 506, Louisville, MS, 39339.
To sign the guestbook, please go to www.porterfuneralhome.net
Published in the Clarion Ledger on 8/18/2009
Created by: Bobby Hobson
Record added: Aug 18, 2009
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