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Betty Jo Houston

November 2, 1933 ~ June 4, 2022 (age 88)



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Betty Jo Houston was born November 2, 1933, in Webberville, Texas. She was the tenth of thirteen children of the late Gus and Elee Owens Houston. Betty accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Greater Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Austin, TX. She worked for over 25 years at the University of Texas.

Betty was an active member of the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center for more than 30 years where she developed her passion for creating and painting ceramics which she lovingly gave away to family and friends. She enjoyed being part of the choir and helping to set up for lunch. Betty looked forward to going to the center every day and loved going on field trips, especially to Washington, D.C.

Many people may not have known but Betty was a huge sports fan from her beloved San Antonio Spurs to UT football and basketball. Betty also loved music and dancing; and was known for her kindness and love of people. She enjoyed reminding family and friends of upcoming holidays, especially Juneteenth. She was strong, courageous, and giving to everyone as the Lord was generous to her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and nine siblings; brothers: Tom, Eddie B., Melvin, Raymond, Owens and Elmo, and sisters: Gracie, Ella, and Gussie.

Betty leaves behind sisters Artrell Gordon, Dorothy Orebo and loving sister/caregiver, Doris Calloway, exceptional nephew/caregiver Sean Calloway, cherished great niece Peyton Elee Edwards, special great nephew Kenneth Williams, amazing cousin/friend to all Doris McKinley, loving cousin Annabell Goodman, forever longtime friend Lynda Blakemoore, two adorable little friends; great, great niece Emerie Michael and Kaden McAdoo; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends including her beloved adopted children Tonya Orebo Edwards and Sean Calloway.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. - Timothy 4:7

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June 13, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.
1300 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702

Celebration of Life
June 14, 2022

11:00 AM
Alice Taylor King Chapel of King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.
1300 East 12th Street
Austin, TX 78702

June 14, 2022

1:00 PM
Evergreen Cemetery
3304 E 12th Street
Austin, TX 78721

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