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Betty Gray Chilton

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CHILTON, Betty Gray Betty Gray Chilton passed away peacefully on July 8, 2014 in Connecticut, where she and her husband, H. Thomas Chilton Jr. (Tom), had moved last year. She was born on March 23, 1926, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Eighty-eight years later she completed a long life devoted to her husband of sixty-six years and her sons, Thomas Gray Chilton and William David Chilton. Betty and Tom met at the University of Texas in Austin and married in 1947. Following their graduations they moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Tom worked for Service Pipe Line Co. In 1954 Tom was transferred to Paris, France for six months. This experience living abroad sparked in Betty a lifelong interest in European travel, especially London. In 1963 the family moved to Chicago where Tom worked for Amoco Pipeline. In 1974 Tom and Betty moved to Atlanta where Tom was President and Chief Executive Officer of Colonial Pipeline Co. until his retirement in 1988. Tom preceded Betty in death earlier this year on January 6. Betty was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at the University of Texas and a long-time member with Tom of Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta. She was also active in the Junior League and the Salvation Army. Her sons Tom Chilton of Falmouth, MA and William Chilton of East Haddam, CT and her brother William Gray of Montgomery, TX survive her. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in celebration of her life can be given to a preferred charity or the Salvation Army Atlanta; Connecticut Hospice, Branford, CT; or St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Old Lyme, CT.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Aug. 3, 2014
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