HERNANDO

Betty Polk was the wife of the Rev. Shelton Polk. They served as pastors of the First Assembly of God Churrch in Hernando from 1980-1989. “A Word of Inspiration” was the name of her weekly column pubished in the DeSoto Times during the 80s and 90s as well as six other newspapers including the Tate County Democrat. The Polks moved to Tupelo in 1990 to serve as pastors at Faith Assembly of God, where Paster Polk continues to serve. In 1998, Betty was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 63. Rev. Polk reminded his family of his marriage vows to God and Betty that he promised to care for her in sickness and in health. He stayed true to his commitment to her for nearly 20 years. No one could have ever predicted that she would live to celebrate her 82nd birthday and 52 years of marriage. The last of which she was completely bedridden having to be hand-fed, totally dependent on her husband. He viewed taking care of her as a great privilege as if he were taking care of a baby. It was never a burden to him. Before Alzheimer’s took its toll on Betty’s mind, she lived a full and happy life. She was the mother of five children, including a special needs son who is now 55 years old and lives in a group home in Pontotoc. Her oldest two daughters, Teri Stuecken of Midwest City, Okla. and Rebecca Wilson of Nixa, Mo. both served in the military and married men who served in the military. Her oldest son Frank Polk of Southaven owns MidSouth Tree Service. Christy Sullivan, Betty’s youngest daughter and her husband Joshua serve as pastors of LifeHouse Church, formerly known as First Assembly of God in Hernando. Betty was very involved in the community and enjoyed working for the 1990 census as well as being a volunteer tour guide for Ramses, the great exhibit, that came to Memphis, Tenn. in 1987. She went to work for Sears in Tupelo in the hardware dept. from 1992 until 2003 until she retired due to the Alzheimer’s. A life of inspiration is a fitting description for Betty. Her greatest attribute was her love for God and people. Her life of devotion to Jesus Christ was evident to all who knew her. Her greatest desire was to see people come to know Jesus. Her family believes that through her writings, her conduct, her speech and even in the silence of Alzheimer’s over the past several years that God has used her life to be an inspiration to all.