She was born Feb. 28, 1930, in Greene County, Ind., to Russell and Manda (VanDevender) Crites.
She graduated from Bloomfield High School. On Feb. 2, 1949, she married Robert "Joe" Arthur.
Betty and her husband Joe owned and operated the Western Auto Store in Brazil, which was located in the Shaw Appliance building on U.S. 40.
As the business grew and expanded, the store was moved to the location of the present Goodwill store from 1964 until it closed in 1995.
For many years, it was one of the top 10 Western Auto stores in the nation through good customers and employees.
The Arthurs won many trips in and out of the U.S., through purchases with Western Auto.
Betty enjoyed spending time with her cats and especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking and gardening.
Betty will be remembered as a very competitive Euchre player and for her delicious sugar cookies.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe Arthur, brother Russell "Junior" Crites and sister Bea Daubenspeck.
She is survived by daughters Susan Arthur and Nancy Pell and husband Dan, all of Brazil, grandchildren David and Shelly Elder, San Marcos, Calif., Amanda Elder, Berkeley, Calif., Jim Pell and Ann Pell, Brazil, and a great-granddaughter Elizabeth Elder, brother Ken Crites and wife Margaret, Camby, Ind., sister Roberta Neill, Bloomfield, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Bob Kumpf officiating.
Committal services will take place at the Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Newberry, Ind., at 3 p.m.
Visitation will be at the funeral home, Wednesday, from 11 a.m., until time of services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clay County Humane Society, PO Box 277, Brazil, Ind., 47834, or Serving on the Streets, 100 N. Forest Ave., Brazil, Ind., 47834. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
To light a candle in her memory, visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com.