Betty Lee Afflerbach, a retired reference librarian for the Texas Medical Association, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Fort Worth as a result of Alzheimer's disease. She was 85. Funeral Mass: 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1101 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. Visitation and rosary: 6 p.m. Sunday at Cook Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. Memorials: May be made to the James L. West Alzheimer's Center in Fort Worth, www.jameslwest.org
, or the Carmelite monastery at Carmel of Mary, 17765 78th S.E., Wahpeton, N.D. 58075. Betty moved to Tarrant County in 2008 from Austin, where she had lived for 40 years. In 1969 she earned a master's degree in library science from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She joined the Texas Medical Association in Austin as a reference librarian in 1969 and eventually became director of the library, which researched medical topics for doctors across Texas in the era before the Internet. She retired from TMA in 1988. She was married for 55 years to Charles W. Afflerbach, who died in 2005. They had eight children, all of whom survive her. Survivors: Daughters, Libby Afflerbach of Willow Park, Claire Poole (Leland) of South Bend, Ind., Jennifer Afflerbach (Lee Beckham) of Dallas and Sister Maria of Divine Mercy, Order of Carmelites, of Wahpeton, N.D.; sons, Chuck Afflerbach (Carolina Juarez) of Oakland, Calif., Tom Afflerbach (Mary) of Austin, Fred Afflerbach (Diane) of Cedar Park and David Afflerbach (Susan) of Richland Hills; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brother, James Witte (Carol) of Carmine.