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Betty May Brown


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Betty May Brown Obituary
Betty May Brown, 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Memorial service: Betty's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church Arlington sanctuary located at 300 Center St., Arlington. Memorials: The family has requested that those wanting to honor Betty's life may do so by making contributions to Mission Arlington, 210 W. South St., Arlington, Texas 76010 or online at https://secure-q.net/Donations/Metroplex/1096. Betty was born on Oct. 30, 1926, in Rose Bud, Ark., to Alta Davis May and Charles May. She graduated from Rose Bud High School in 1943. After attending Harding College for one year, she moved to the University of Arkansas and graduated with a degree in business in 1947. Her name is engraved in the sidewalks at UA and her picture appeared in the yearbook wiring an early computer. She married Lynn Arwood Brown on May 5, 1950, and was married to him for 59 years. (Lynn died in September of 2009.) Betty was a high school teacher for over 30 years. She taught at Rose Bud High School for two and a half years before getting married and then for 28 years at Sam Houston High School in Arlington after her children were in school. She established the Vocational Office Education (VOE) program at Sam Houston High School in 1965 and she was recognized as the "VOETAT Teacher of the Year" for the state of Texas in 1986. She was very active in Baptist churches wherever she lived, including First Baptist Church in Arlington and Balboa Baptist Church in Hot Springs Village, Ark. Even though she battled health problems all her life, she was the consummate wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was always thinking of others. The words "I can't" were not in her vocabulary. Her hands were never idle and she loved discovering new ways to create beautiful things for her family and friends. She was a master seamstress all her life and in her later years, became a master quilter. She dearly loved cooking and visiting with family and friends. Every one was welcome in her home and no one ever left hungry. Survivors: Betty is survived by daughter, Lynda "Cricket" Hackney (Chuck) of Fort Worth; son, Wayne Brown (Sandy) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brother, Milton May (Joan) of St. Louis, Mo.; sister-in-law, Naomi May of Rose Bud, Ark.; brother-in-law, Lecil Brown of Bethany, Okla.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Published in Star-Telegram on Feb. 23, 2014
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