Elizabeth Mortensen
1923 - 2021
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Elizabeth Mortensen
On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Elizabeth (Betty) Kirk Mortensen, loving mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully at the age of 94 surrounded by her family.
Betty was born on December 24, 1926 in Indianapolis to John and Margaret Kirk. She grew up in Indianapolis, began her studies at Butler University, and she completed her college degree at the University of Houston years later. Betty taught sewing primarily at Houston Community College for over two decades.
Betty was set up on a blind date with her future husband, Maurice (Mort) Mortensen, and they married on April 22, 1946. The Mortensens moved to Houston after World War II, and they raised two children, Lesa Mortensen Brownstein and Richard (Dick) Mortensen. Their loving marriage spanned 63 years until Mort's passing in 2009.
Betty had a passion for serving and gathering with family and friends. She served St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in various capacities. Betty sewed special vestments still worn by the priests as well as liturgical banners that are still displayed on the altars and throughout the Church. She volunteered at Charity Guild of Catholic Women and participated in garden club, bridge, and a weekly sewing group. She was a generous and selfless friend and will be remembered for her kindness, grace and joyful resilience. Betty loved the Lord; and while she will be deeply missed, her family is grateful that she is reunited with her loved ones who awaited her in heaven.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, sister, husband, and brother. She is survived by her children, Lesa and Dick, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A small family memorial service will celebrate her life and legacy, and donations would be welcomed in her memory at Charity Guild of Catholic Women, 1203 Lovett Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, or to a charity of your choice.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 22, 2021.
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February 23, 2021
Betty was a lovely, sweet, thoughtful, kind lady. So sorry to hear of her passing. She and Mort were great friends of my parents, Bill and Norma Bondesen. I remember Betty and my Mother laughing and talking whenever they were together - always helping each other in the most thoughtful ways -- bringing flowers or some baked item. I remember Mort bringing tomatoes he had grown to my Dad after my Mother passed away and sitting and visiting with my Dad who could not get out very much at the end of his life. Great, great people. All sorely missed. Very sorry for the loss of Betty -- no matter how long we have someone, it never seems quite long enough.
Valera Walters
February 23, 2021
She was one of the best teachers I had. She was sweet, kind and always helpful. I even remember her late sister.
Marion Bates
February 22, 2021
I am saddened to learn of Betty's passing. She was such a kind and lovely lady. We were blessed to have her and "Uncle Mort", Lesa and Dick as neighbors on Monarch Oaks in Spring Branch. I especially remember them on their porch every Halloween, dressed up and stirring that big pot of something mysterious! Such fond memories of wonderful neighbors.
Charlene Wefler Nelson
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