Betty Galt Brown died peacefully in her home in Houston on Wednesday evening, the 26th of May 2009.


Betty Galt Brown died peacefully in her home in Houston on Wednesday evening, the 26th of May 2009.


She was born to the late Allierose and Edward Galt in Ardmore, Okla., on the 9th of January 1919. She was the eldest of three daughters and was the first granddaughter of the first mayor of Ardmore, Judge John Galt. She attended both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas, and was a member of Pi Beta Phi. She moved with her family to San Antonio in 1941 and married her lifelong sweetheart, the late Earl A. Brown Jr., in 1943.


After World War II, they were at home in Houston until going with their daughter, Susan, to Billings, Mont., where Earl was with Pegasus Oil Company. When he was a general counsel for Socony Mobil, they lived in New York City and Greenwich, Conn., before returning to Houston for the remainder of their lives.


Betty maintained memberships at the Houston Country Club, The Junior League of Houston and the First Presbyterian Church. She was a faithful volunteer at Sheltering Arms.


She was preceded in death by her late husband, Earl Appleton Brown Jr., and is survived by her daughter, Susan Brown Barry; her grandchildren, Andrew Earl Barry and Brice Galt Barry Russian and husband Lawrence Russian, and their two children, Lily Galt Russian and Henry Hazelton Russian; her sisters, Patricia Galt Steves and Gloria Galt; her nephews and their wives, Marshall Jr. and Jane Steves, Edward and Nancy Steves and Sam Bell and Sarah Steves; as well as her extended family, Nan and Patrick Watson and Susan and Steve Lewis. Betty’s other survivors include her special cousins, Freeman Galt and his wife Jane, Peggy Nims and her husband Bill, and many great nieces and nephews.  Besides her family, she leaves behind her greatest treasure of many friendships. 


The family desires to express their heartfelt gratitude to Charlene LeBlanc and to Janette Davis, Theresa Euceda, Shirley Bannarbie and Ngozi Crook for their dedicated and loving care. 


The memorial service will be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Saturday, the 30th of May, in the chapel of the First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street in Houston, where the Rev. Andrew R. Stepp, Associate Pastor, and the Rev. Raymond E. Judd Jr., Chaplain Emeritus of Trinity University, will officiate. Immediately following the service, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Fellowship Hall. The family is to gather for a private interment service in Dallas at Restland Cemetery.


In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions in memory of Betty Brown may be directed to the Texas Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 300630, MC 4-4483, Houston, TX, 77230-0630; the Pi Beta Phi Library, 6621 Fannin Street, MC 1-2380, Houston, TX, 77030; or to the charity of one’s choice.


Arrangements are entrusted to Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, Houston, www.geohlewis.com.