"Untitled Flowers" print on acrylic
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum

"Untitled Flowers" print on acrylic

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Elizabeth (Bitsy) Newell (1943-2020)

  • Size: 12 x 8"

Bitsy was born on January 24, 1943 in Baltimore, MD. She grew up in Fort Smith, AR with her parents, Bettye Jane and Wallace Doty.

Bitsy graduated from St. Anne’s Academy in 1960 and the St. Edwards School of Nursing in 1963. On November 26, 1965, she married James M. Newell at Immaculate Conception Church.

Bitsy worked for many years as a registered pediatric nurse for Dr. Roger Bost, Dr. John Watts and Dr. Richard Aclin. She always took great pride when “her babies” (her former pediatric patients) would see her around town and tell her how she was their favorite nurse, even after so many years had gone by. Later in life, Bitsy served as office manager for Dr. Jerry Jeffries’ dental practice.

Bitsy was a talented painter and avid supporter of the arts as a member of the Tuesday Morning Painters, Regional Art Museum, Center for Art & Education and the Ozark Pastel Society. Bitsy and husband were frequent attendees of the Fort Smith Symphony as well as Little Theatre. She was also a charter member of the 188th Old Guard.