Betty Nell (Owens) Maples was born Dec. 19, 1934 and passed away Aug. 3, 2018. Mom was always the strongest person in our lives. We always knew if we could get to mom, mom would fix everything. She’ll make things good again. Her favorite piece of advice was, “Do the right thing, don’t worry, everything is gonna be ok. It’ll all work out.” Always on an even keel, always patient, never too excited and never too angry or upset made for a happy home. A home she always filled with love. Dad saw a girl with a big red bow in her hair in a movie theatre in Wolfe City on New Years in 1950. He said he had to go see who she was. They met and three years later were married June 20, 1953 and just celebrated 65 years of marriage and 68 total years together. Mom was an excellent wife, mother, sister, grandmother and greatgrandmother. Above all these she was a truly Christian lady. A member of Beacon Church of Christ in Gun Barrel City. She never wavered from her love for God. She loved all her brothers and sisters in Christ she met throughout the years, especially her family at Beacon. She loved to walk the auditorium to hug and talk to everyone she could. We’re so thankful for all the prayers and condolences from the church and all our family and friends on mom’s behalf the last three years. We’re extremely thankful for all the love and care mom received from the wonderful team at Caring Hearts Hospice of Gun Barrel City from nurses Kay Williams and Donna Smith, Aide Rita Wrenn and Social Worker Sherilyn Turner. We thank you so much. And for mom’s private caretaker Erica Tidwell, we’re so grateful for making each day as pleasant as possible for mom. Thanks to all who knew and loved mom. Betty was preceded in death by her father and mother Pete and Irene Owens, and sisters Mary Tiffee and Gwen Denton. She is survived by her husband of 65 years Ray Maples of Payne Springs, son Steve Maples of Payne Springs, daughter Judy Coggeshall and husband Tom of Mesquite, grandson Thomas Coggeshall, Jr. of Payne Springs, greatgranddaughter Cloe Coggeshall, brother Hollis Owens and wife Evie of Lancaster and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Betty Nell (Owens) Maples were held Aug. 7, 2018 at Beacon Church of Christ with Ken Maddox officiating. Pallbearers were Thomas Coggeshall, Jr., Tom Coggeshall, Rocky Tiffee, James Bivens, Jeff Baum and David Putman.