Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Criger Wallace
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(1921 - 2012)
Elizabeth (Betty) Criger Wallace arrived in Heaven November 28, 2012, welcomed by Jesus and greeted by her husband Dan Wallace, sister Barbara Merriam, brother Robert Criger, and parents Clo Lindo and Una Holloman Criger. She participated in life to the fullest, seasoned with a sense of humor. At 91, having "used her last talent" she was called to her heavenly home.
In 1956, the Wallace family moved to Barksdale Air Force Base where Dan was a 10th Fighter Bomber Squadron M/Sgt. In Bossier City Betty participated in Welcome Wagon which was an amazing experience for her children. The family next moved to Shreveport where Betty was very active as a Patron of the Arts in theater and the arts. She sang around the state with her Sweet Adelines quartet The High Jinks. She made Gas Light Players costumes and played a variety of roles in The Little Theater, set up with friends selling art on the river bank which eventually became the Red River Revel Arts Festival.
Betty had several one man art shows and created special commission pieces for banks and other businesses. She loved working in her own Studio 10 and Betty blossomed in arts using multiple media including papermaking, macrame', pottery, homemade paper and quilting which were showcased in Shreveport and Bossier City. Her artist friends were a special, meaningful part of her life. Ray Cadle, Gertrude Embree, and Clyde Connell were inspirational friends and artist soul mates.
While raising four children and in the empty nest era, Betty stayed active in the National League of American Pen Women. Seven into the Seventies, Louisiana Artists, Inc., Craft Alliance, Shreveport Art Club, Bossier City Art Association, Artists in the Schools, and Toastmistress Club.
Betty was an accomplished vocal soloist and pianist performing in High School choirs, weddings, funerals, church services, and special community events. Her passion and respect for books and reading were passed on to her children.
With many memories in their hearts surviving children are John Robert Wallace and wife Cathy of Benbrook, Texas, Barbara Dan Allison and husband Neville of Moody, Texas, Samuel Edward Wallace and wife Jan of Shreveport, and Charles Douglas Wallace of Triangle, Virginia. Grandchildren are Steven Wallace, Michal Wallace, Susan Muston, Louis Wallace, Samantha Lee, Rebekah Davidson, and David Baker, Dan Wallace, and Will Wallace. She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren.
The family expresses thanks to Gertrude Embree for calls and visitations during their mother's 9 year residence at Colonial Oaks Guest Care. Betty's LONG time friendship with Earth Angel Nancy Hudson kept her in touch with the outside world during her weekly visits and supplies of bananas, Sprite, Frostys, a fresh flower, lively conversations and many other beautiful acts of kindness and love. Thanks and love to you Nancy.
They also thank the Colonial Oaks administration and staff for their help and concerns. Hospice Agape personnel were uplifting as they ministered to Betty so we thank them too.
Since Betty helped to organize an
unit for Shreveport, the family has selected it and Meals on Wheels for memorial donations.
The family chose to celebrate their mothers life privately, so no visitation or service is planned. Betty donated her body for the advancement of medical research at LSU-HSC. Thank you for loving our mother.
Published in Shreveport Times on Dec. 2, 2012