Betty (Bowie) Sawrie, 85 of Greenbrier, Arkansas, shed her earthly robe for her heavenly one on Monday, July 9, 2018. She was born March 24, 1933, in Centerville, Arkansas to the late Barnaby Leon “Bonnie” and Jewell Lillie (Tucker) Bowie. She was preceded in death by her three sisters: Patricia Diane Bowie, Deloris Hardin and Bonnie Younger; three brothers: (David) Elroy Bowie, Gerald Faxton Bowie and Daniel Jettson “Jett” Bowie.
Betty was a member of the Greenbrier Nazarene Church and devoted her life to serving others through cooking, sewing and encouraging words. She was a writer, painter, musician and creative seamstress. Betty had 35 songs published with five different publishing companies and played piano for the Sawrie Family Quartet for nearly 20 years. Betty worked for over ten years at Baldwin Piano Company, but her final career was as a seamstress. She loved others deeply and that love was returned by her many friends and family. Her pies and rolls will be missed by many, along with her smile and generous spirit. She was a talented lady with many gifts and she shared her love with everyone she met.
Left to cherish her memory and carry on her legacy is her loving husband of 58 years, Shelby Gene Sawrie, daughter Shellie (Devo) O’Quinn, brother, Billy Leon (Dorothy) Bowie, numerous nieces and nephews that she loved dearly, and a host of young people from around the world who called her “Grandma.”
Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 on Wednesday, July 10, 2018, at the Greenbrier Nazarene Church. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 11, 2018 at the Greenbrier Nazarene Church with interment to follow at Thorn Cemetery in Greenbrier.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the wonderful nurses and doctors and staff with Hospice Home Care, Baptist Medical Center, Conway Regional Medical Center, and the UAMS Cancer Institute.