Betty Marie Adams McIntyre, 77, of Henderson, Nev., died Oct. 25, 2022, following a brief illness. She was the sister of Jeannine Eaton of Decatur.
Betty was born Dec. 12, 1944, to Leo and Corinne Adams of Justin. She was a graduate of Northwest High School and attended the University of North Texas. She began her career as a stockbroker in Dallas, but it wasn’t long until she abandoned the business world to follow her true calling as an entertainer.
In the early 1970s, Betty took the professional name, Shelle Adams. She spent that decade performing in New York City, Las Vegas and many other places across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. She returned to the Las Vegas spotlight in 1980 where she settled permanently.
She played at several locations around Las Vegas for about 30 years. She had long-time stints at the MGM Grand Hotel, Union Plaza, and Harrah’s, where she always had large and loyal followings.
While at the Plaza, she met the love of her life, Michael McIntyre. They enjoyed 34 years of marriage until his death in 2019. She always loved dogs, especially cocker spaniels, which she bred and raised for almost 50 years, including several AKC champions.
Following her retirement, she and Michael moved to Henderson, where they lived until their deaths. They became members of the New Song Lutheran Church, periodically performing and sharing her musical talents with other groups as well.
She is survived by her sister, Jeannine Eaton and husband, Roy, of Decatur; nephews Jeff Eaton and his wife, Terry, of Arlington, Barry Eaton and his wife, Kelly, of Justin and Brian Eaton and his wife, Felecia, of Fort Worth; stepson Mike McIntyre and spouse, Bill Sander, of Grass Valley, Calif.; stepdaughter Julia Quiroz and husband, Gonzalo, of Bakersfield, Calif.; and several other relatives including cousins and great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be Saturday, Nov. 5, at New Song Lutheran Church in Henderson, Nev. Memorials, if desired, can be sent to the New Song Church, 1291 Cornet St., Henderson, NV 89052.
Wise County Messenger, November 2, 2022