GLEN ROSE - Bettye Jean Manuel, whom many in Glen Rose knew as the face behind the counter at the First United Methodist Church Thrift Store and an avid birdwatcher, passed away on Aug. 6.

A celebration of Bettye’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Wiley Funeral Home in Glen Rose. Burial will follow at San Fernando Cemetery III, 1735 Cupples Road, in San Antonio.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 426, Glen Rose, Texas 76043 or the Glen Rose Bird Club, c/o Joann Brady, 1381 CR 415, Glen Rose, Texas 76043.

Bettye was born on Sept. 26, 1930, in San Antonio. She worked for a business firm in San Antonio for many years before joining the staff at Southside ISD as secretary to the high school guidance counselor. From there she moved to Gregory-Portland ISD where she worked with the counselors and data entry for students. Later she was a teacher’s aid in Lago Vista ISD.

Her final move was to Glen Rose, where she was employed by the Senior Center. She enjoyed the Somervell County Bird Club for many years until ill health forced her withdrawal.

Her last years brought her much joy while serving as a volunteer at the First United Methodist Church Thrift Store. She loved her church and was delighted to find a way to serve and contribute to the community through the Thrift Store.

One of her proudest moments came several years ago was when the city named the Thrift Store employees "citizens of the year."

Bettye was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a cousin, Mary Louise Owen, and husband, Norman, of San Antonio, along with many friends.