Elisabeth Ewing

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Elisabeth "Betty" Hoffert Ewing passed away peacefully on May 5, 2014 at age 93. She was born on August 27, 1920 to Jacob and Elisabeth Weinmann Hoffert in Antelope Township, North Dakota, the fifth of eight children. Her mother and father met and married in Chicago and moved to a farm in North Dakota where they raised their large family. Betty was the first to complete college and set the standard for her two younger sisters. After graduating from Valley City Teacher's College, she taught school for several years. Her first teaching job included teaching all grades in a one room school house.

In 1951 she married Lt. Robert Henry Ewing, USN, in a crossed sword ceremony at the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, and they began the adventurous life of a Navy family. Tours of duty carried them to Japan, both US coasts, Italy and Greece. Along the way Robert was born in 1954 followed by Linda two years later. Through all of the military tours, Betty supported Robert and the families of the men under his command with enthusiasm and grace, two of her hallmark qualities.

When Robert retired from the Navy as a Captain in 1974, he was recruited by his brother, Maurice Ewing, Ph.D., to the Marine Sciences Institute in Galveston, Texas. Following a particularly large Gulf Coast hurricane, they moved to San Antonio, Texas where Betty rekindled her entrepreneurial skills through a highly successful career in real estate, an excellent match for her perseverance, hard work and personal charm. They had many friends and loved dining, golf, gardening, and travel. Strengthened by her faith, family, and friends, Betty lovingly cared for Robert during his lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. After he died in 2002 she continued to dedicate her energies to several community and religious organizations, including P.E.O., Stephen Ministries, and First United Methodist Church in Boerne Texas. Throughout her long and fulfilling life she has been recognized for her joy in living, deep faith, keen sense of humor, personal style, resilience, and unfailing kindness to others.

She is predeceased by all members of her family except for her sister, Mildred Reid. She is survived by her children, Robert Ewing, M.D. and Linda Ewing-Cobbs, Ph.D., son-in-law Jerald Cobbs, and five grandchildren whom she loved and treasured, Hope Annelise Ewing, Hannah Kesti Ewing, Garrett Robert Ewing, Gregory Daniel Cobbs and Spencer Ewing Cobbs, as well as by many nieces and nephews. Special thanks are given to Grace Olivar and caregivers from JGS Services and Houston Hospice, who provided such compassionate care during her last years. A memorial service will be held at First Methodist Church, 1320 Main Street in Houston at 10 A.M. on Monday, May 12, 2014. Services will be officiated by Dr. Stephen Wende and Rev. Charles Thompson. Elisabeth will be interred in the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium. In lieu of traditional remembrances, memorials in her name may be made to First Methodist Church; Cottey College, P.E.O. Executive Office, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312, In memory of Chapter H.P.; Dan L. Duncan Children's Neurodevelopmental Clinic Scholarship Program, 6655 Travis St., Suite 800, Houston TX 77030; or to the .
Published in Express-News on May 11, 2014
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