Bettie Mae (Tatum) Carleton, R.N., of Early, Texas, was born March 21, 1919, in Lamkin, Texas, the daughter of John and Bobbie Rhoads Tatum. Bettie Mae went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at the age of 90.

Bettie Mae is survived by her sister, Belva Quello of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Lionel Tatum of Carthage, Texas; sister, Bobby Bond of Brownwood, Texas; sister-in-law, Hilda Tatum of Hamilton, Texas; son-in-law, James F. Looby of Early, Texas; grandson, James C. Looby and wife Amy; and great-grandson, James Ryan Looby of Stephenville; grandson, John T. Looby and wife Catherine of Jacksonville, Fla.; granddaughter, Charlotte Ann Cochran and husband Dean; and great-grandchildren, Norah and Ethan of Long Beach, Calif.; grandson, Keith R. Carleton and wife Hollie; and great-granddaughter, Lozin of Santa Fe, N.M.; and numerous extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband, R.G. Carleton; son, Richard M. Carleton; and daughter, Elizabeth Looby; brother, Clarence Antham Tatum; sister, Gracie Elizabeth Tatum; sister, Della Edna Tatum; brother, Johnny Alvin Tatum; brother, James Erwin Tatum; sister, Massey Orine Harper; brother, George Ollie Tatum; and brother, Bergin Harvey Tatum.

She was a Registered Nurse for more than 30 years and a homemaker. She attended Howard Payne College and was a graduate of McCall and Anderson Nursing School in Brady, Texas. She worked in the emergency room of Medical Center Hospital in Dallas, Texas, and on the Critical Care Unit at Saint Paul Hospital in Dallas. She later worked for Andrews Nursing Home. She was an instructor for the American Red Cross and volunteered her time and talent to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.

She was a member of Salt Creek Baptist Church in Early, Texas. Prior to moving to Early, she was a member at Crescent Park Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas. There, she was a member of the Womenís Missionary Union (WMU) for more than 20 years.

Bettie Mae was a strong, hard-working woman. She had a passion for helping and caring for people around her. She was committed to her family, moving numerous times as her husbandís job with Humble Pipeline caused them to relocate around West Texas. She cared greatly for her family and will be sorely missed by family and friends alike. Her sweet, friendly smile and giving attitude made her fast friends with those around her. She impacted many lives, both in her career and private life.

A service celebrating Bettie Maeís life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Heartland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. James F. Looby and James C. Looby officiating. Burial will follow in the Proctor Cemetery in Proctor, Texas, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the Elizabeth C. Looby Endowed Scholarship Fund; c/o Howard Payne University; 1000 Fisk St.; Brownwood, TX 76801.