Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Elizabeth "Betty" A. Uerling

August 29, 1935February 5, 2020
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Elizabeth (Betty) Uerling was born August 29, 1935 to Bertram and Adabel (Corley) Adams in Coushatta, Louisiana. She passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 in Fort Smith at the age of 84 years. Betty received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fort Smith. She was retired, having previously worked as the librarian at Christ the King School. Prior to her illness she loved reading books, enjoyed bridge and socializing with friends. Betty and Chuck took several cruises and foreign country visits in their more energetic early retirement years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sisters, Robbie Frieling and Berta Adams. She is survived by her husband, Charles; sons, Steve and wife Alicia of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Anthony and wife Megan of Houston, Texas; and grandchildren, Josie, Eric, Kate and Charlie. She is also survived by one brother, Frank Adams and wife Mary Ann of West Monroe, Louisiana.

Funeral Service will be held in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 10:00 AM on Monday, February 10, 2020 with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Fort Smith. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith. Viewing will be at the Funeral Home on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 4:30 P.M. with Rosary beginning at 6:00 P.M.

Betty & Chuck met in Houston at a young professional mixer party. In true story book fashion, Chuck saw Betty across the crowded room, worked his way to her and introduced himself; she responded favorably and they began dating. It wasn’t long before both realized they really liked each other and they proceeded to marriage. Chuck jokes that God must have a sense of humor in that he picked a woman from a small town in Louisiana, and a guy who grew up on a farm in Nebraska, worked things around for years to place them at that party in Houston in order for their relationship to start. The logistics were difficult but not for God. They were married for fifty great years.

Betty and her family want to especially thank her primary caregiver Vivian Groman, who helped her for the three years of her illness and became her good friend, Doctor Ari Dadla, Nurse Connie Ward and the staff at the Cancer Support Center at Mercy Hospital.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or charities of the donor’s choice.


  • American Cancer Society


  • Visitation Sunday, February 9, 2020
  • Holy Rosary Sunday, February 9, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, February 10, 2020


Elizabeth "Betty" A. Uerling

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Jeanne Kippen

February 11, 2020

Betty was a special lady with a loving heart and a bit of a mischievous sense of humor. We will miss her greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chuck, Steve, Anthony and families.
The tribute photos were wonderful remembrances.

Rosann Wattonville

February 10, 2020

We will truly miss Aunt Betty. She was such a lovely lady. She was so gracious and kind. I will never forget when Uncle Chuck brought Betty home to introduce her to our family in Nebraska. Chuck was so excited and happy, and we were too. Betty was such a classy kind lady. We had so much fun when our family visited Sequoia National Forest, https://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm a few years ago and met Chuck, Betty, Steve, Alicia and their children at the park. Thoughts and prayers go out to Uncle Chuck, Steve, Alicia, Tony, his wife and their children.
Rosann, Tom, Wattonville and family

Kristi (Walsh) Kastenbaum

February 9, 2020

Betty became a good friend of mine when I went through RCIA at Immaculate Conception. During that time, I also started doing her hair. I looked forward to her weekly visits to the salon. She was more like a member of my family! She gave great advice and great hugs. My deepest sympathies go out to Chuck and the boys.

Grace Settle

February 8, 2020

Betty was such a sweet neighbor and a good friend to my parents and I. We loved her a whole, whole lot. We’ll miss you Betty, but we can’t wait to see you when we go to heaven.


February 8, 2020

Betty was a wonderful addition to our family. We all loved her and will miss her.

Patty Griffin

February 7, 2020

We lost a wonderful, funny, cute, caring gal when we lost Betty yesterday. She and I were friends with Sylvia Cloutier Clark when we all worked in downtown Houston and lived in the same apartment complex as single girls. We had a lot of fun together for a lot of years, and managed to keep up with each other in later years.

Betty was always funny, but her self-disparaging comments were always good for some big laughs. I've been in awe of her choosing to take the Catholic faith full on and living that life to the fullest.

She was a wonderful person, and we'll all miss her and her wit. I hope her tangle with cancer was not too painful or overwhelming. Patty Griffin, Houston, TX