She was born Feb. 23, 1929, in Greensfork, Ind., to Willis and Mona Fulwider.
Bette graduated from Lebanon High School before marrying Bob Blackwell.
After raising three children, Bette graduated from ISU with a bachelor's degree in English and later a master's degree in reading.
Bette taught for Clay Community Schools for 17 years, as well as being an accomplished artist, poem and bread baker, and a member of the First Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bob Blackwell, son Steve Blackwell and sister Patti Fulwider.
Survivors include daughters Melodie (Dave) Staley, Brazil, and Becky Stewart, Terre Haute, daughter-in-law Margie Blackwell, Punta Gorda, Fla., grandchildren Phebe Westby, Japhy Blackwell, Carrie Hussey, Staci McIntyre, Brian Stewart, Jennie Mesanovic and Jared Staley, seven great-grandchildren and cherished Yorkie Cupid.
A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, at Moore Funeral Home, Brazil.
Visitation will take place from 4 p.m., Thursday, until time of service.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church or the Humane Society.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.moorefuneralservices.com.