Bettie Jean Bunnell Carrington passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Austin at age 82 after a lengthy illness. A memorial service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress Ave., in Austin.  

Bettie was born Jan. 30, 1931, in Graham, grew up and was a member of First Baptist Church where she played church piano. She graduated in 1948 as one of her class's top students at Graham High School. 

She was raised for much of her youth by her father, Young County Sheriff (1942-53) CB “Bert” Bunnell. Bettie attended Texas Woman's University in Denton. 


She received a bachelor of music education degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth as a piano major. She taught in Barstow, Calif., and in Fridley, Minn., where she also received a master's degree from the University of Minnesota. Bettie moved to Austin in 1966 and taught until she retired in 1980. 

Bettie loved music, enjoyed playing bridge, enjoyed quilting, sewing, playing the piano and Texas native wildflowers and birds. She subscribed to The Graham Leader to keep up with her home town. She had a keen sense of humor until the very end of her struggle against the cancer that took her life.

Bettie is survived by her husband, Eric; and her children, Phil Arnold and Adrienne Arnold. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. 

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