Betty Jean Arthur (nee Ayvazian) went to be with her Lord on January 11, 2019, at the age of 85.  She is remembered and honored for her entire life devoted to Jesus Christ, her Savior.  Betty testified that she committed her life to Christ at 4 ½ years old. She was baptized at Tower Grove Baptist Church at the age of eight. Subsequent years of spiritual growth prepared her for a life of Christian service.  Following her graduation from Roosevelt High School in 1951, God called Betty to be a teacher.  She graduated from Harris-Stowe University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, and from Webster University with Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  Teaching, especially remedial reading, became the passion that compelled her to teach at Marquette School, Mann School, and Tower Grove Christian Academy, totaling over 60 years in education.   Betty’s great love for children led her to be a committed Sunday School teacher for decades.  In addition, she was a fervent prayer warrior, mentoring many in how to pray in intercession, praise, and gratitude.  Many of those she counseled received envelopes or folders of her carefully written thoughts on spiritual matters with supporting Bible passages.  Betty’s quick wit and mischievous smile made her a joy to be around.  She often laughed just as heartily at her own witticisms as others did!    During the spring and summer, gardening kept her busy.  Her incredible apricot tree benefited friends with its luscious fruit.  Weekly trips to Soulard Market yielded not only fresh vegetables and fruit, but new souls for the Kingdom, as Betty witnessed tirelessly and led many to Christ.


Betty was born on July 10, 1933, in St. Louis, Missouri.  She was preceded in death by:  her  husband of 12 years, Jack Kenneth Arthur; her parents Mesrob and Armenouhe Ayvazian, (survivors of the Armenian Holocaust);  three siblings: Leon Ayvazian, Helen Staley,and Mary Bundren.  Betty is survived by a niece, Deborah Bundren Crosby, her husband, Rollin, and two great-nieces, Hannah Ayvazian Crosby and Mackenzie Jordan Crosby of Fort Worth, Texas.  In addition, Betty Arthur leaves the Tower Grove Baptist Church and Tower Grove Christian Academy families, and a host of sisters in Christ who have been discipled or influenced by her in some way.  The powerful Christian faith of  Betty’s mother,  Armenouhe Houtchian Ayvazian,  greatly affected her.  Recently Betty noted, “I am strong because my mother was strong.”  Surely the testimonies of Betty’s persecuted family and other Armenian Christians impacted her life.  She wanted to be found as faithful as they were.  And she was.


Betty Arthur’s life will be celebrated with a visitation at Tower Grove Baptist Church at

4257 Magnolia Avenue on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 3 to 7 pm.  Funeral services will be at Tower Grove Baptist Church on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 10 am. Following the service, interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery on Mackenzie Road at Watson Road.  Betty has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be given to Wycliffe Bible Translators at, or to FEBC Ministries at