Betty Bumpers

American activist

Betty Lou Flanagan Bumpers (January 11, 1925 – November 23, 2018) was an American health activist and civil servant. She was the First Lady of Arkansas, from 1971 to 1975.

Betty Bumpers
Betty Bumpers in 1999
First Lady of Arkansas
In role
January 12, 1971 – January 3, 1975
GovernorDale Bumpers
Preceded byJeannette Edris Rockefeller
Succeeded byClaudia Riley (acting)[1]
Personal details
Betty Lou Flanagan

(1925-01-11)January 11, 1925
Franklin County, Arkansas, U.S.
DiedNovember 23, 2018(2018-11-23) (aged 93)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Spouse(s)Dale Bumpers
Known forAdvocacy for immunizations and world peace

She was an activist for childhood immunizations and world peace. She and Rosalynn Carter ran a successful campaign to ensure that all American school children were immunized. She was also the widow of Dale Bumpers, former State governor and U.S. Senator.[2][3]

Bumpers died on November 23, 2018 from complications of dementia and a broken hip in Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 93.[4]


  1. Lockwood, Frank (2016-01-03). "1st lady for 11 days, Claudia Riley dies; Arkadelphian a Democrat stalwart". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  2. "Betty Bumpers (1925–)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.
  3. "Betty Bumpers". National Women's Hall of Fame.
  4. "Former Arkansas first lady Betty Bumpers dies at 93". Arkansas Online. November 23, 2018.

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