Jesse & Betty Hunter Obituaries

Betty Hunter (Tomlin) passed away peacefully at home with family nearby on September 16, 2022. She was the wife of Jesse D. Hunter, sharing 67 years of marriage together. Jesse passed away the following morning, September 17, 2022, fulfilling his last wish to stay with her until her health issues were resolved. Born in Rosston, AR on 04/20/1937, Betty was the daughter of Isaac S. Tomlin and Norma E. Stone. She graduated from Fairview High School in 1955, and soon after, she and Jesse were married on 6/4/1955. Jesse was born on 1/6/38 in McGehee, AR, the son of Don W. Hunter and Gracie O’Connor. He attended Camden High School and graduated in 1955. After they married, they moved to Pensacola, FL where he served in the Navy until 1960, then they moved to Baton Rouge, LA where he attended LSU and worked nights at the USPS. When Jesse graduated from LSU in 1963, they moved to Huntsville, AL where he worked for NASA and the Apollo Moon Project. In 1966 a transfer for work took them to Phoenix, where he worked for GE, Honeywell, before retiring in the late 1990s. In retirement, he helped his son with his surveying business , learning a new skill and even taking classes to learn that skill. Square dancing was an activity they had enjoyed for many years, with Jesse calling and teaching in the Sun Valley square dancing organization. They made many lifelong friends during this time. Betty loved to paint, sew, craft and decorate her house, as well as all the children’s houses! After her stroke in 2009, she was limited in what she could do, but she remained the glue that held the family together. Her main focus was on her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Christmas was her favorite season and she loved preparing for it all year round. Jesse loved doing Sudoku puzzles and helping out with the grandkids’ activities. For many years, Sunday dinners at their house were a tradition that they maintained to stay close to family. Her passion since 2009 has been taking care of Betty, keeping her doctor’s appointments, taking her to the rehab gym, and finding healthy recipes for her health. During his career, he won the HW SWEATT Award for Engineers and Scientists and made adaptations to codes during his work at NASA that helped put the Apollo programs on the moon. Betty is survived by her brothers Bill Tomlin (Susan) of Godfrey, IL; Richard (Sherry) of Camden, AR. She was predeceased by her parents, Isaac and Norma, and her sister Joyce Jones, all of Camden, AR. Jesse is survived by his sister, Betty L. Peele (Crowe) of Baton Rouge, LA, sister-in-law Becky of Orlando, FL, and predeceased by the Willis brothers and his wife (Margueritte) of Camden, AR, Wesley ( Carolyn) of Baton Rouge, LA, Don Hunter of Slidell, LA, and his sister, Patsy Phillips of Camden, AR. They are also survived by their children Suzanne Peterson (Bryan) of Phoenix, AZ, Jesse Hunter, Jr (Karen) of Glendale, AZ, Laine T. Hunter (Kim) of Phoenix, AZ and Gregg Hunter of Phoenix. Also survived are their grandchildren Vincent Santa Maria (Kelly) of Commerce City, CO, Jesse Hunter, III (Amy) of Anthem, AZ, Mckenzie Hunter-Smith (Natalie) of Long Beach, CA, Neil Hunter of Gilbert, AZ , Kendyl Greene (Dylan) of Glendale, AZ, Patrick Hunter of Mesa, AZ, Jeremy Hunter and Alena Hunter of Phoenix, AZ, great-grandchildren Juliet and Noah Hunter, Leonardo and Victoria Santa Maria, Luke, Ellie Ann and Jacob Hunter, Taelyn Greene, Andersen Hunter-Smith as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at the Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, September 26, 2022. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. with the chapel service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the Valley Organization, ASPCA, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, American Diabetic Association or Alzheimer’s Research. Additionally, services will be held at Proctor Funeral Home in Camden, AR, 442 Jefferson Street SW, on October 12, 2022.

Posted on September 20, 2022

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