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MORGAN, Betty Boyd

Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Boyd Morgan, 1921-2013

Betty Boyd Morgan was born on April 23rd, 1921 in Terrell, Texas to Arthur H. and Mary L. Robertson Boyd. She passed away on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at the age of 92.

Betty grew up in Terrell and attended public schools there, graduating in 1937 and went on to college, first attending Texas Military College in Terrell, then the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated in 1941 with a BA in Chemistry. She continued her education in graduate school at UT, completing her Masters Degree in Chemistry in 1943.

While in graduate school she fell in love with her future husband, Leon Owen (Tom) Morgan, and they married on December 27th, 1942.

After completing their Masters Degrees in 1943, Betty and Tom moved to Chicago where they worked on the Manhattan Project at the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago (the famous Met Lab). Following the war, they moved to Berkeley, California, where Tom completed his PhD degree in Chemistry, working with Nobel Laureate and lifelong friend, Glenn Seaborg. They returned to Austin in 1947 when Tom joined the chemistry faculty to begin his long career at The University of Texas.

Their four children were all born and raised in Austin: Joe, Boyd, Robert and Mary Kay.

After the children were old enough to be in school, Betty returned to the University of Texas where she obtained a teaching certificate from UT's School of Library Science. She then began a long, satisfying career as a librarian in the Austin Public School system, first in high school, then later in elementary schools. Over the years, she spent time at Allen Primary, Matthews Elementary, Cunningham Elementary, Pease Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, as well as Reagan and Crockett High Schools.

Betty was an active member of the University Ladies Club; SAGE (Seminars for Adult Growth and Enrichment, a UT continuing education program); Delta Gamma sorority, and the University United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir for many years and a member of the Couples Class. She also volunteered time at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

She loved good music, wildflowers, language, books, words, traveling, intelligent conversation, the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountains of New Mexico and southwestern Colorado, the Santa Fe Opera, life on River Road, the Old Farm Community and the view from her back deck at Lake Travis, the daily Jumble and crossword, her life in the UUMC choir-- and above all else, she loved her friends, her husband, sister and her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and also her husband Tom, who died July 29, 2002. She is survived by her sister, Martha Ann Boyd, and her children and their families: Joseph Clark Morgan, of Georgetown; Arthur Boyd Morgan and his wife Sherry of Austin; Robert Owen Morgan and his wife Kara Kern of Conroe; Mary Katherine Morgan Muir of San Antonio, as well as six grandchildren, three great grandchildren: Libby Morgan Beri, her husband Aditya and their daughter Anika and son Rohan of Singapore; Tracy Morgan Davis, her husband Matthew and their daughter Blythe; Sharon Morgan; Rob Morgan and his wife Lavon, and Alissa Muir Sihatrai and her husband Allen, all of Austin, and David Muir of San Antonio. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Patricia Conradt and husband Buck Wood of Austin.

In recent years, Betty resided at Westminster Manor in Austin and the family deeply appreciates the loving, professional care and compassion shown by the staff, aides, nurses and doctors there, particularly Dr. Michael Pelligrini, Kathy Cody, FNP, and the nurses from Hospice Austin.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Sunday, December 15th, at 2 in the afternoon at University Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe Street. There will be a reception following at the church. Parking is available in the platinum lot at the corner of 25th and Guadalupe.

If you wish to remember Betty, in lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made in her name to The University of Texas, with notation for application to the Leon O. Morgan Graduate Fellowship (Department of Chemistry, Attention Jessica Myer), or the Music Fund of University United Methodist Church.

Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 8 to Dec. 9, 2013
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