Betty Ellen (Cook) Jarrell, of Harrisburg, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Harrisburg Medical Center Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012.
Betty was born in Harrisburg April 4, 1927, to the late Clyde C. Sr. and Anne (Morrison) Cook. On Oct. 9, 1949, she married John L. Jarrell Jr., who preceded her in death.
She is survived by three sons, John Jarrell III of Harrisburg, Carl Jarrell (fiancé Mary Tanner) of Marion and Charles (Adrienne) Jarrell of Charleston; one daughter, Melissa (James) Brinkley of Harrisburg; seven grandchildren, Carrie (Alex) Polak, Ann Jarrell, Melissa Ashley Jarrell, Cameron Jarrell and Anneliese Jarrell, Jeremy (Elizabeth) Cook and Amy (Michael) Quinn; seven great-grandchildren, Claire Polak, Kerrigan Murphy, Hannah Murphy, Andra Murphy, Hailey Quinn, Henry Quinn and Evan Cook; one great-grandchild on the way; one sister-in-law, Betty R. Jarrell of Matthews, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; sister, Dorothy Saltz; and brother and sister-in-law, Clyde C. and Etta Cook Jr.
After leaving her home she lived at Brookstone Estates and finally at Carrier Mills Nursing Home. She loved and was loved by her many wonderful caregivers.
She was a very loving and caring individual. She lived for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She only worked outside the home prior to her marriage to John. She worked as a secretary for Judge Summers in her younger days. The rest of her life was dedicated to her family.
She was a longtime member of the First United Presbyterian Church. She was a past member of Esther Circle, the Presbyterian Women's Association, the Saline County Home Extension and the Eastern Star.
She was an avid reader. She loved mystery stories. Most of all she loved reading her Bible.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. The Rev. Walter Baker will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Sam Foskey, and burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at Reed Funeral Chapel. Memorials may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church, the Friends of the Library or the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family through the obituary page at www.reedfuneralchapel.com.