Betty Sue Decker, "Grandma Bear," was welcomed into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday (July 27, 2016) at the home of her daughter in Kingwood, surrounded by loved ones.
She was born the daughter of the late Gene Rillis and Myrtle Marie (Cayton) Curtis, on Dec. 11, 1922, in McWhorter.
Betty was a homemaker and an active member of the community of Kingwood for 66 years which included volunteering at Heartland (Pine Ridge) into her 90s.
She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Linda and Tom Feltz of Fairmont, William "B.G" and Rita Jo Decker of Shinnston, Barbara and Pastor Mike Argabrite of Kingwood, and Stephen and Terry Decker of Reedsville; 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; with one more great-grandson due in September.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Billy Dean "B.D" Decker; a grandson, Scott Argabrite; two sisters, Virginia Curtis and Mary Lou Christie; and two brothers, Gene and Rodney Curtis.
Perhaps her greatest legacy, in addition to her immediate family, will be the many lives she has touched by being everyone's "Grandma Bear." She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by generations of "adopted" children and grandchildren throughout the community and especially by her spiritual family at Grace Chapel where she has faithfully served and worshiped her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the past 37 years.
Friends may call at Grace Chapel Baptist Church in Kingwood from 2-8 p.m. Saturday and from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, with the funeral service to follow at Grace Chapel with Pastor Michael Argabrite officiating. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery in Kingwood. Arrangements are being handled by Browning Funeral Home, Kingwood.
The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to the Hospice Care Corp. for their love and care of "Grandma Bear." In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Care Corp., P.O. Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520
Personal condolences may be offered to the family online at www.browningfuneralhome.net.
Published on  July 29, 2016