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Bettye Jean Collier

December 11, 1942 — November 18, 2023


Bettye Jean Collier, a remarkable woman who dedicated her career to scientific exploration and the love of her family, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2023, at Saline Memorial Hospital. She was born on December 11, 1942, in Okolona, Arkansas, to Travis and Christine (Spradlin) Scoggins.

Bettye's passion for science led her to become an esteemed electron microscopist specializing in hematology and oncology. Her contributions to the field cannot be overstated as she captured some of the very first images of cells being born. Bettye's groundbreaking work shed light on the mysteries of life itself and will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations.

After retiring from her illustrious career at the age of 55, Bettye redirected her focus towards her greatest joy - her family. She was an adoring grandmother who held a special place in the hearts of her grandchildren, lovingly referred to as "Granbee." To ensure she could cherish every moment with them, Bettye and her husband, Leland Collier, moved wherever their grandchildren were located. Their unwavering commitment to being near their beloved grandchildren showcased the depth of their love and devotion.

Bettye had an exceptional affinity for animals and showered them with tender care throughout her life. Her compassion extended beyond humans as she spread kindness and warmth to every creature that crossed her path. Bettye's ability to foster deep connections naturally extended to those around her; she effortlessly brought comfort, joy, and laughter into the lives of all who knew her.

Left to cherish countless memories are Bettye's loving husband of 40 years, Leland Collier of Bryant, Arkansas; her children: Theresa Glass of Alexander, Arkansas; and Anthony Stallings and his wife Setsuko of Oklahoma City; stepson Joseph Collier of Montgomery, Alabama. Her grandchildren Zach and Zoie Glass and Aiden James Collier held a special place in her heart, each bearing a unique connection that will be treasured forever.

She will be deeply missed by her brother Tim Scoggins and wife Sally of Dallas, Texas; her lifelong friends Tom and Nancy Wozniak of Athens, Michigan, whose unwavering friendship spanned over 45 years; her cousin who was like a dear sister, Kay Spradlin Pantier; her niece Rachel Fields, who held a special place in her heart; family friend Nilima Renukdas, who brought joy to her life and many other cherished family members and friends.

In addition to her immediate family and close friends, Bettye was preceded in death by her parents Travis and Christine Scoggins; brothers Mike and Johnny Scoggins; stepson Matthew Collier; and son-in-law Patrick Glass.

Bettye Jean Collier's legacy lives on through the impact she had on both the scientific community and those fortunate enough to have known her personally. Her insatiable curiosity, vibrant spirit, and unwavering love will forever be etched in our hearts. As we mourn the loss of this extraordinary woman, let us also celebrate the incredible life she lived, one that inspires us all to embrace our passions while cherishing our loved ones.

Family to hold private service.

May Bettye find eternal peace as she joins the stars above, forever shining bright as a guiding light for all who follow.

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