E. Betty Ann Morgan passed away on Monday, the 9th of September 2013, from a short, but well fought battle with Leukemia.
Betty was born on the 5th of July 1932, to Elmer and Hazel Smith of Kansas City, Missouri. At the age of 13, the family moved to Dallas where she started dancing. By her senior year, she was teaching dance.
After her marriage to Dr. Bill E. Morgan, they moved to Irving, where she opened her own studio called "Buttons & Bows.
After Bill's graduation from the University of Texas
at Arlington, they moved to Norman, Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma to complete Bill's studies.
Upon the completion of his Ph.D., the family moved to Houston. Once established, the family was transferred to Bordeaux, France, where Betty spent many wonderful years and became fluent in French. She also taught jazz and tap at Academy Bordelaise de la Dance. She also was an active member of Bordeaux's Women's Club.
Upon return to Houston, she became an avid supporter of Houston's Performing Arts. She became a member of the Society of Performing Arts committee for education and also Cultural Arts Council of Houston. She spent many wonderful years at the Jewish Community Center where she was very active in Dance Month and other various programs and also developed the Children's Performing Arts.
She also worked with KUHF radio station in Public Relations where she established Artful Thursdays for the Museum of Fine Arts. She was also instrumental in promoting the station at various outdoor functions, festivals and community outreach programs.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Dr. Bill E. Morgan; daughters, Diana L. Morgan of Houston, Deborah M. Gates, and husband Wayne Harris of Pearland; sister, Margie Medlin of Dallas; and many nieces and nephews whom she was very proud of, and they cherish her in return and will miss her deeply.
"The music has ended and the curtain has descended and the dancer has put her slippers away"
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock this afternoon until seven o'clock this evening, Sunday, the 15th of September, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where a prayer vigil is to commence at half-past six o'clock.
A Mass of Christian Burial is to be offered at ten o'clock in the morning on Monday, the 16th of September, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road in Houston, where Rev. Msgr. Frank H. Rossi, is to serve as celebrant.
The Rite of Committal is to follow, via an escorted cortege, at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.