Sarah Elizabeth "Beth" Leney
Sarah Elizabeth "Beth" Leney, 76, of Houston, Texas, passed away on December 12, 2020 surrounded in love by her family. Beth was born on August 12, 1944 in Houston, Texas and was preceded in death by her parents Harold Foster Janes and Sarah Carolina Castellanos Janes, along with her sister, Carrie Louise McCreary. Survivors include her husband, Franklin Jerald Leney, two sons, Franklin J Leney IV and Kyle Leney (Casey), and grandchildren, Cade and Luke Leney.
After attending Stephen F. Austin High School, Beth graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Journalism. While in college, she was a newspaper photographer for The Daily Cougar, a yearbook staff member for the Houstonian, and active in several professional fraternities. Growing up, Beth was an accomplished dancer and later performed with the Houston Oilerettes cheerleading squad.
Following graduation, Beth would embark on a career that would span over forty years as a flight attendant with Trans-Texas Airways, Texas International Airlines, and Continental Airlines. Being a flight attendant was not just a job for Beth, it was something she truly loved – bringing fun and excitement to every flight for the lifelong friends who worked alongside her. Throughout her career, Beth flew domestically and internationally, was a certified FAA Flight Attendant Instructor, and served on Continental Airlines' inaugural flight to London.
If there was anything that rivaled her passion for flying it was her involvement in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) where she held numerous Chapter, State, and National leadership appointments. A member of the Lady Washington Chapter of Houston since 1996, Beth served as Regent from 2007-2009. In addition to her leadership, Beth was a published author for the DAR and took a great interest in supporting DAR-sponsored schools established in the Appalachian region. Beyond the DAR, Beth held leadership roles in several other service organizations to include the Jamestowne Society, Colonial Dames of America (Chapter VIII President 2012-2014), The Order of Granaderos y Damas de Galvez, Daughters of American Colonists, United States Daughters of 1812, and the Hispanic Genealogical Society of Houston.
Beth's love and passion for life was extraordinary. Her tireless energy and drive were continuously on display in all that she did – from holiday gatherings to ordinary Sunday lunches. Beth was always the first to raise her hand for volunteer opportunities and when she committed, she was all in. Gifted with a great sense of humor, Beth could turn any situation into an entertaining moment and would recount a story in the most unique, humorous way. Eager to quickly join a discussion or debate, Beth was always armed with an informed perspective on a broad array of topics ranging from current events to politics. As a sports, history, and genealogy enthusiast, Beth traveled extensively pursuing her interests and hobbies – from the Green Bay Packers to the Civil War to researching family ancestry. Given her fierce love for family, Beth insisted all were gathered for major holidays and significant events so we could all share the experiences together. Beth will be missed for her sense of family, tradition, and spirit – she will always and forever be our "Bo-Bo".
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations please be made to one of the following:
The Helen Pouch Memorial Fund for the NSDAR Schools
c/o Sissy Kipp
3234 Chippers Crossing
Montgomery, Texas 77356
Payable to: Lady Washington Chapter NSDAR
c/o Bill Griffith
10 Stony Run Place
The Woodlands, Texas 77381-4053
Payable to: The First Texas Company, Jamestowne Society
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 6, 2021.