Elizabeth Hanna Browne Fouts
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July 5, 1927 - December 7, 2013
Betty, as she was known to her friends, was born in New Orleans to Dr. Donovan Clarence Browne and Mathilde Elizabeth Hanna Browne. She was preceded in death by her sister, Dona Browne Wicker; son, James Woodrow Fouts; and beloved husband of 62 years, James F. Fouts, who died July 14, 2009, age 92. Survived by her sister, Jean Lee Browne Davis, of Monroe, LA; her children Mr. and Mrs. Alan Fouts, Donovan Fouts and daughter Beth Fouts White; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
She graduated from Louise S. McGee School and H. Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University. Later in life she returned to get a Masters in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Adventurous from an early age, the 21 year old society miss was first courted and then whisked away to the wilds of Wyoming by her life long love, Jim Fouts, following a June wedding in 1948 at the families' St. Charles Ave. home. The newly weds piloted their small plane to their new home in Casper. It was there that her 4 children were born. Jim and Betty traveled everywhere in a series of small planes, Jim as the pilot and Betty co-piloting. "Take the wheel, Betty. I am going to take a nap," Jim would say. All four children were tucked in the back, as they set off across Canada, the western US and Mexico on their travels.
In 1960 the family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah and then in 1967 they moved again to Monroe, Louisiana where Betty remained until 3 years ago, when she joined her son Alan and his wife Shannon in Miami.
After raising her family, Betty returned to school to get a Masters in Psychology and become a respected school psychologist, at one time, Louisiana Psychologist of the year.
She served on the board of directors of La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM and was the Secretary of Auric Metals Corporation for many years. She was the director of the Sunbelt Region of Reality Therapists. She was President and long standing board member of ARCO, Community Resource for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. ARCO perfectly reflected her mission and her beliefs, striving for a world where all people are treated equally, with respect and care.
She was active in the affairs of the Episcopal Church, serving as a member of the Commission on Ministry and a frequent delegate to Diocesan Conventions. She served for many years on the Vestry of St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Monroe.
Much beloved by all who met her, Betty brought hope and joy to people she worked with all over the world, twice traveling to Lithuania to do the Family Reconstruction work of Virginia Satire. Of course, Jim went with her.
The Fouts family kept contact with friends all over the world with an annual Christmas letter and pictures for over 50 years.
Betty was also an avid skier and member of the Monroe Web Foots, Crew of Deep Snow.
Funeral Services were held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70124, on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11am, followed by interment in the family tomb in Metairie Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to attend a future memorial service that will be planned for Monroe at St. Thomas Church. Donations will be gratefully accepted for the James Woodrow Fouts Scholarship Fund at Tulane University, 6823 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Betty was much loved, and will be greatly missed. Her courage in life and death was an inspiration to all. Her lightness of spirit will always grace our memories.
The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home
New Orleans, LA
Published in The News Star on Dec. 15, 2013