Betty Jo Hayre, 82, of Van Buren passed away Friday April 7, 2017, after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born Betty Jo Moore on March 4, 1935, in Van Buren, the only daughter of Oscar and Ellen Moore. At 17, she married Clyde W. Hayre, also now deceased; their marriage lasted 47 years. At 18, she graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1953 at Van Buren High School. At 19, she bore her only child, Clyde David Hayre. Until 1969, she lived in Van Buren where she was the pianist and secretary for First Assembly of God Church. Her Christian salvation and association with that church were lifelong commitments.
In 1974, she and her husband moved to Fayetteville, Ark., where she lived until 2012. She attended a number of Pentecostal churches, choosing those which reminded her most of Van Buren First Assembly. She worked as a secretary in several companies but spent her latter working years as executive secretary/assistant to the then-dean of the Graduate School at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville.
In 2012, Betty returned to Van Buren to live at Memory Lane, owned by Van Buren First Assembly, where she resided until her passing.
Her only child, Clyde David Hayre and wife Alice of Fort Smith and her only grandchild, Ann-Marie Hayre of Little Rock, survive her. Also surviving are her two brothers, twins Billy and Bobby Moore. Billy and wife Wanda, their sons Lyndell and Kent, and families live in Rogers. Bobby and wife Glenda live in Texas; Bobby’s only daughter, Melody Moore, lives in Fayetteville.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren, under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
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