Henrietta Schultz (1916 - 2013)

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Schultz, Henrietta Elizabeth "Betty" 1916 - 2013 Aged 97 years, died peacefully at her home on November 29, 2013 in Dallas, Texas after many months of declining health. Betty was born May 29, 1916 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, to the late Zollie Hazel Deane and Millard Fillmore "Red" Botkin. Betty was a life member of the American Daffodil Society, where she served as an Accredited Judge. She was a member of the Texas Daffodil Society in the 1980s serving in many capacities including President and Show Chairman. She was a member of the Dallas Garden Club, the Founders Garden Club of Dallas, Dallas Women's Club, Dallas Geological and Geophysical Women's Auxiliary and the Dallas Geological Society. She maintained her auxiliary membership with Brook Hollow Golf Club where she and her husband had been members since the 1940s and with the Dallas Petroleum Club until her death. Betty was on the Board of Directors of the Dedman College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. She was a volunteer at Dallas Taping for the Blind in the 1970s and was a generous supporter of numerous charities and institutions. She especially enjoyed contributing to the World Craniofacial Foundation for the separation of the conjoined twins from Egypt in 2003 at Children's Medical Center Dallas. With husband, Frank A. Schultz, Jr., she created a named professor-ship in geology and geophysics at the University of Oklahoma in 1979. It was upgraded to the Frank A. and Henrietta Schultz Chair in Geophysics with full endowment in 1990. They are recognized as key players in the revitalization of the University's School of Geology and Geophysics. Aside from her many charitable accomplishments and social involve-ments, Betty remained generous with her children and her employees. She never lost her generosity and sense of humor, which endured nearly to the end. Her keen and often dry sense of humor was passed to her by her father, a consummate jokester, which was likewise passed on to some of her children. During the 60 years that she lived in the family home, her children shared remarkable experiences, including many adventures across the United States, Canada, North Africa and Europe. Her children were exposed to many cultures and learned a great love of the outdoors, growing things, appreciation of the arts, history and classical music. Having grown up during the Great Depression in modest circumstances, enduring many uncertainties and seeing many old well-to-do families go bankrupt, she and her husband encouraged their children to learn as much as possible about as many things as possible, as the jobs and industry of today could disappear overnight. But best of all, their children grew up knowing right from wrong, absolute truths and the virtues of generosity and especially gratitude. Betty was preceded in death in 1993 by her husband of 55 years, Frank August Schultz, Jr. She is survived by her five children: Frank August Schultz, III and his wife Patricia Lynn Schultz of Red Oak, Texas; Christian David Schultz and his wife Anne Holt of Blanco, Texas; Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Schultz of San Antonio, Texas; Ann Katherine "Katie" Schultz of Los Angeles, California; and Charles Herridge Schultz and his wife Debra Leeann Wilson of Dallas, Texas. Pursuant to her wishes, no memorial service will be held. Betty donated her body to the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical School Of Dallas. May she Rest In Peace.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 3, 2014
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