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Billups, Betty Wilder Betty Wilder Billups died peacefully on March 15, 2014, in Dallas, Texas. She was ninety-one. She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, June 29, 1922, to Hugh Jenkins Wilder and Marjorie Johnson Wilder. She moved with her family to Dallas and started first grade at Stephen J Hay Elementary. The family later moved to Tyler, Texas, where she graduated from John Tyler High School. She attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and then The University of Texas at Austin. In 1943, she met a young United States Air Force Lieutenant, Thomas Carleton Billups IV from Columbus, Mississippi. He was stationed in Greenville, South Carolina, which is where they married in June of 1943. At the end of World War II, they moved to Tyler, Texas, and he joined her father in the oil business. After living in Tyler for 40 years, she and her husband moved to Columbus, Mississippi, where they lived on a plantation of his childhood until 2007 when they moved to Dallas, Texas. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi, president of the Junior League of Tyler, Texas, honorary member and president of The Columbus Garden Club, and treasurer of The Billups Garth Foundation. She and her husband were members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Columbus. She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years and her son-in-law Dr. Ronald Howell Underwood and is survived by her daughter, Susan Billups Underwood of Dallas; son, Thomas Carleton Billups V and wife Debra Huchel Billups of Columbus, Mississippi and Arlington Virginia; granddaughters Anna Underwood Small and husband Dr. Andrew Buchanan Small IV of Dallas; Catherine Evan Underwood of Dallas; Cameron Billups Peden and husband Andrew Joseph Peden of Arlington, Virginia; great-granddaughters Annabelle Carleton Small and Sarah Margaret Small of Dallas; great-grandson Thomas Joseph Peden of Arlington, Virginia; and sister-in-law Ida Billups Ward of Columbus. The family wishes to thank her wonderful caregivers Rose Mary Walker and Eevette Ratcliffe and the staff of Edgemere and The Plaza at Edgemere where she and Carleton lived in Dallas. A memorial service will be held June 17 in Columbus, Mississippi. If desired, memorials may be made to the Billups Garth Archival Room at the Columbus Library, the Palmer Home for Children in Columbus, or to the .


Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 23, 2014
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