Bette Louise Tevis passed away suddenly Friday, May 22, 2020, in Dallas, Texas, due to a coronary vascular event.

She was born Bette Belcher in Weymouth, Mass., July 8, 1945, and graduated from Weymouth High School and York College of Pennsylvania. After graduation she joined the Sonesta Group and worked both in Nassau, Bahamas, and Boston, where she met and married her husband of 44 years, Phil Tevis, a native of Moscow, Ind.

After marriage in June, 1975, they relocated to London, England, where their two sons, Gregory and Christopher, were born. Their life together involved moves to California, Connecticut, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and finally Texas. For every relocation, Bette’s motto was always “Bloom Where You Are Planted,” making each and every new place a stable, warm, inviting home for her family.

Like clockwork, every summer Bette would bring the boys to visit their grandparents in Indiana and Massachusetts. The highlight was always the time spent at the “cottage” on Rocky Pond just outside of Plymouth, Mass. It was here that she was most relaxed, spending time with her late parents, Donald and Marjorie Belcher; her beloved sister, Barbara Hilliard, and Barbara’s late husband, Bill; their sons, DB and Barry; and her cousins, Penny, Judy, Jill and Jimmy.

In later years, this transitioned to an annual trip to the Cape, always with friends and loved ones around. Outside of her immediate family, Bette had two passions in her life, the first was her love of animals, shown through the adoration of her beloved family pets and many charitable contributions, and second, her love of people. All that knew Bette talk of her infectious personality, free of judgement and with an amazing capacity for love. She could and often did befriend almost anyone. She always saw the very best in people. Using her kind and generous spirit to help and guide many through their own personal struggles.

Later in life, Bette found what she called “a capacity for love I didn’t know existed” in her role as “Nana” with her grandchildren. Greg and Mary-Reid providing the first pair, Pierce (9) and Andrew (7), then Chris and Jennifer providing the second pair, Caroline (5) an Christopher (1).

God has received another angel. Her family will miss their “Nana” with all their hearts.

She is survived by her husband, her sons, their families, her sister and numerous friends.

There is no memorial tribute planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, please take the opportunity to donate to a local charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burns Funeral Home in Milroy, Indiana.