Rilla Reta Betcher

April 24, 1930 - March 15, 2021

Rilla Reta Betcher, 90, of Lumberton, died Monday, March 15, 2021, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. Reta was born on April 24, 1930 in Port Bolivar, Texas to Lucile Stricklin and James T. Slatter. She retired from the Houston Chronicle as a typesetter and graphic designer.

Reta is survived by her sons, James E. Welch, Jr. & wife, Lisa; Lewis Kim Welch, & wife, Beverly; and stepdaughter, Kathy Evans. Grandchildren Kimberly Welch; Reta Amber McDonald & husband, Sterling; Ben Welch; Aaron Evans & wife, Crystal; Bridgett Hood & husband, Anthony. Great-grandchildren Jordan Elyas; Jadon Seabourne; Carly McDonald; Emma McDonald; Reagan McDonald; Harper McDonald; Annalise Evans; Olivia Hood and Logan Hood. Her sister, Peaches Conway, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Reta was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jerry Betcher; her father, James T. Slatter and mother, Lucile Stricklin; brothers, Quinton Slatter and Airal Slatter; and sister, Daphine Whitlock.

A graveside service for Mrs. Betcher will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 19, 2021, at New Hope Cemetery, 1986 FM 2974, Center, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

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Graveside Service

Graveside Service
  • 1986 FM 2974, Center, Texas 75935
  • 03/19/2021
  • 2:00 pm

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Harry Schoppe

Dr. Welch and all the family, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts, prayers, and sympathies are with all of you. May God's peace and blessings always be with you and all the family!

Sue Allen

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers for comfort and peace are with all the family, as you grieve the loss of you your loved one.

Sherri King

Such fond memories of Reta. I loved my uncle Jerry’s and my aunt Reta’s visits to California. She was always so kind and sweet. RIP Reta❤️