Ariebeth Alma Barrett Bott was set free from her earthly shackles of pain and illness and went Home to be with the Lord on April 15, 2018. She has suffered for the last decade with diabetes and moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease. She fought courageously every step of the way and was able to remain in her home with help until the end.
She was born in Houston on Aug. 16, 1937, to William Talmage and Louise Elizabeth Barrett. She graduated from Madisonville High School, class of 1955. She went on to Sam Houston State College until she married her high school sweetheart, Harry Standley Jr., then left with him to serve in the U.S. Air Force. At Webb Air Force Base, in Big Spring, she bore her first son, Harry Atwood Standley III, in 1959. By 1964 she returned to live in Madisonville and then on to College Station.
Sometime later, while working for Texas A&M University, she was remarried to Ronald Edward Bott. While living in Beaumont, she had her second son, Ronald Creston Bott. After many years together in Littleton, Colo., and then Phoenix, her husband Ron Bott passed away in 1997, after 31 years of marriage.
Ariebeth truly had the spiritual gift of “serving.” She could always find a need and fill it; she was happiest when something needed to be done. She joyfully served her family, her church and friends. She loved home-making and especially cooking for her boys and their friends. Her college major may have been education, but her dream and life’s work was to be a great wife and the best mother. Indeed, she was an astounding success in life. She enjoyed playing sports and watching them. She played tennis, volleyball and enjoyed years of boating, hiking and skiing.
She faithfully attended Phoenix First Assembly of God church for many years with many friends in the Senior Adult class and later loved watching Christian television shows. She was a generous, loving mother and friend. But most of all she loved, Jesus. The Christian legacy she has left her family stands as a mighty testament to her life of devotion and prayer as she served the Lord.
Ariebeth is survived by her two sons and daughter in laws, H. Atwood Standley III and Kendra and Ronald C. Bott and Kyra; her grandchildren, Austin Bott, Hailey and Harlie Bott and Royce Bott, Lily J. Standley, Harry A. Standley IV and Marly P. Standley; and her siblings, Carolyn Barrett Guedry, Buddy Barrett and Ellwood Barrett.
A memorial service will be held on April 22 at 2 p.m. at Day Funeral Home, 514 E Main St. Following the graveside interment, a reception will be held at First United Methodist Church.