Betty Lou Stockton, 85, of Van Buren passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017, at her home. She was born in Van Buren to Herman and Carrie (Woods) Yakley on Feb. 9, 1932. She was of the Methodist faith and was a charter member of New Bethel United Methodist Church. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents and her siblings, Loreane Helm, Lora Peters, Flora Mae Neidecker, Audrey Moses, Patricia Ann Knox, Clyde Yakley and Clyde Yakley Jr.

Betty graduated from Van Buren High School and retired from Fort Chaffee. She was a member of the Crawford County Car Club and past member of the Salvation Army Auxiliary.

Betty is survived by her children, a daughter Susan June McCartt and husband, John; a son, Wesley Stockton and wife Betty; four grandchildren, Courtney Jane Castaneda and husband Louis, Michael Scott McCartt and wife Allyson and Nicholas Woods Stockton and wife Carmen; five great-grandchildren, Tatum Lee Castaneda, Cash Louis Castaneda, Makinley Grace McCartt, Foster Patrick McCartt and Jasper Woods Stockton; two stepgrandchildren, Megan Brown and Todd Brown; one sibling, Zelma Dean (Sally) Briscoe and husband Raymond.

Funeral service was July 6 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers were Louis Castaneda, Michael McCartt, Nicholas Stockton, Tommy Knox, Danny Hall and Donnie Hall.

Honorary pallbearers were 1945-48 Van Buren Reunion Committee; Fort Chaffee gang retirees and Crawford County Car Club members.

A special thank you to Barbara Moore, Dottie Mefford and Alesha Moore for all the love and care you gave Betty in the last months of her life and to Peachtree Hospice for your care and support during our difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Peachtree Hospice.

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