Bethel Marolyn Starnes Hunt

Thursday, June 4, 2015

POPLAR BLUFF, MO. - A life celebration memorial was held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri for Bethel Marolyn Starnes Hunt who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at her home in Patterson, Missouri, on May 22, 2015.

She was the granddaughter of a local couple, Willard and Erlene Robbins Guarr (both deceased) of Payneway. Her mother, Eugenia Rhea Guarr Starnes, grew up at Payneway, graduated from Marked Tree High School in 1961, then met and married Jerry Mack Starnes of Poplar Bluff while attending college at what was then Arkansas State College. Her "Auntie M," Marolyn Robbins-Guarr, for whom she was named, presently lives in the family home near Payneway.

Born February 24, 1968, Bethel Marolyn was welcomed into the world by her two older sisters, Robin and Liz, and a large, extended family circle. The Poplar Bluff group included her other grandparents, Sam and Erva Starnes (now deceased). Her childhood days were spent playing with her sisters, biking, gardening with her grandparents in their huge garden and visiting extended family. Summer holidays would find her "up at the lake" or "down at the Guarr-Hole," so named by her Arkansas Grampa. Winter holidays would alternate Christmas celebrations between her own home and that of her Aunt Marolyn and Uncle Charles, with cousins and grandparents involved.

The Starnes family were active members of the First United Methodist Church where Eugenia sang in the adult choir and her girls sang in the children's choir and were involved in other programs such as Bible school, and Bethel Marolyn eventually became an acolyte.

As Bethel Marolyn progressed through Poplar Bluff schools, she was in Brownie and Girl Scouts, was a crossing guard, and played the trombone in the band. Having attended three different elementary schools, she knew many children her age, making lifelong friends among them. Graduating in 1986, she began fall classes at Three Rivers Community College. During that time she married her first husband, Bill Greer. On August 30, 1989, she gave birth to their son, Samuel Joseph Greer, and as years passed and Sam grew, she concentrated on being a good mom and Sam's most enthusiastic supporter.

With life changes and Sam in Junior High, Bethel Marolyn met Curtis Hunt who became the love of her life, and after a long courtship, they were married in a Renaissance-style wedding in 2004, then moving to their new home in Versailles, Missouri. Together they raised Sam, who excelled in football, and was recruited and signed to play for Missouri Valley College. He graduated later that year with with honors, lettering all four years in football, wrestling, and track. His mom was filled with elation and pride in her son.

The couple eventually retired to Patterson, Missouri, where they enjoyed the pleasures of a country lifestyle. They enjoyed gardening, preserving the fruits of their efforts, Tai Chi, reading, sharing movies, the antics of their three kitties, and watching the stars, and sometimes dancing in the rain. They loved their peaceful, quiet lifestyle, and loved each other well. Bethel Marolyn was a sweet, loving, generous person who will be sorely missed.

Her parents being deceased, she is survived by her husband Curtis, of the home; her son Sam Greer of Poplar Bluff; three step children and five grandchildren; her sisters Robin Starnes of Poplar Bluff and Liz Fleenor of Jefferson City; two nieces, Jerrica Eugenia Starnes and Courtney Fleenor; one first cousin, her Aunt Marolyn's daughter Charlotte Blankenship Griffith of Jonesboro; and many other family members and friends.