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Updated: 12/06/2013 05:42:16AM

Betty Hodges Villanueva

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Betty Hodges Villanueva, 84, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, from complications of dementia.

She was born Oct. 20, 1929, in Sallis, Miss.

Betty was a resident of Bartow, Fla., since 1965, moving from Mississippi.

She was a teacher and a member of Bartow First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Rilla Hodges.

Betty is survived by her husband, Luis W. Villanueva of Bartow; son Benjamin A. Villanueva; daughter Vicki Williams; brother Farris Hodges; two sisters, Bonnie Lee and Vonda Simpson; five grandchildren, Amy Parkins, Angie Strickland, Heather, Scott and Frank Scott.

Family will receive friends 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Bartow, 410 E. Church St., Bartow.

Funeral service follows at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Bartow.

Interment will be held at Wildwood Cemetery in Bartow.

Condolences to family at

Whidden-McClean Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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