Ethelynn Beebe

  • Born: May 4, 1943
  • Died: October 11, 2018
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

F. Ethelynn Beebe, (fondly known as Grammy Effee by friends and family) passed away unexpectedly Thursday, October 11, 2018.

Ethelynn was born May 4, 1943 in Kermit, Texas. Although her parents lived in New Mexico, her father, determined she would be a native Texan, drove her pregnant mother across the Texas border to give birth. She was the first child of Margie and Osmer Beebe.

Ethelynn earned a Ph.D. in social work and business administration at the University of Texas in Arlington. She spent most of her professional career at the Health and Human Services Commission. From there she went to the Austin State Hospital where she was the Director of Budget and Finances, responsible for a multi-million dollar operating budget. After her retirement Ethelynn became a consultant at the national level for the Girl Scouts of America.

She was a member of the Executive Women in Texas Government, on various Austin boards, community organizations, the Human Rights Campaign and Austin Building and Standards Commission. Ethelynn was an advocate for positive change and social justice. She was an active member of the Tapestry Singing Group. She was a facilitator of Second Sunday, a popular social club and the Frayser Girls, friends from high school, who meet yearly for various adventures at different locations throughout the United States.

She loved books, music (playing piano and singing), Women's UT Basketball, theater, her cats (all cats), spending time with family and travelling with her wife and friends. Sailing was a special adventure and she went downhill skiing at Winter Park with a regular group of friends until she "blew out" her knees and made that last trip down in a rescue snowmobile. Up until the time of her death, she faithfully rode her stationary bike, travelling at least once around the world. She loved playing games with friends, especially Farkle and poker and she always won!

Ethelynn loved life and always saw the good in people. She was encouraging, generous in spirit and warm. Her smile lit up the room and she was always the best person to sit next to at a party nursing her rum and diet coke in a pint size with extra limes. Ethelynn leaves behind a legacy of friends.

Ethlynn is survived by Susan Morgan, her wife of 26 years, brother Duane Beebe, sister-in-law Libby Beebe, nephew Darrin Beebe and niece Karrin Young, stepdaughters Amy Doezema (husband Tad), Kat Morgan (husband Jeff Toney) stepson Michael Morgan, grandchildren Kai and Kiera Toney and Lucy Doezema, grandnephew Chase Beebe and her dearest close friend, Peggy Garrison.

Serrvices will be held on Tuesday, October 16th at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar, (512) 452-8811. There will be a Viewing from 11:00 to 12:45 with Service to begin at 1:00. There will be a reception following the service at the Towers of Town Lake, 40 North IH-35, First Floor, Piano Room.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the following charities: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, (512) 343-0663, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research,, (512) 473-0900 or Girls Scouts of America, (800) 733-0011.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Susan and family, our most heartfelt sympathy. With love and friendship. Rita and Nadir

Posted by Rita Abdeladim - Austin, TX - Neighbor   October 27, 2018

Sorry for your loss of a wonderful person.

Posted by Jean Hodnett - Gun Barrel City, TX - Friend   October 17, 2018

Ethelynn always had a smile and kind word for everyone. She made all feel welcome in every social situation. I enjoyed playing cards with her hearing her humorous stories. She will be missed!

Posted by Peg Ryan - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Friend   October 17, 2018

A kind, sweet lady. She always had a smile.

Posted by Michael Friedman - Austin, TX - Friend   October 16, 2018

"She was such a sweet person and lovely soul. I will always remember her wonderful smile and kind heart."

Posted by Robert Wilson - Millington, TN - Classmate   October 16, 2018

Ethelynn was a force of nature, and will be greatly missed. Love to you, Susan.

Posted by Pat Cramer - Austin, TX - Friend   October 16, 2018


Susan and all who loved Ethelynn, so sorry that we've lost her. What an impact one woman made to our universe. She will be so missed! Know that my thoughts are certainly with you all even though I am so... many miles away.

Posted by Cindy Williams - Medford, OR - Friend   October 15, 2018

I hold you as a golden light in my life..We met freshman year at TWU and have been friends since that time. I could talk with you about anything and everything. We had many good and serious times together. I will see you on the other side. Susan Rousseau

Posted by Susan Rousseau - Fort Wayne, IN - Classmate   October 15, 2018

Susan and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Susan, I know your heart is broken and that nothing will ever be the same. We will all miss her and hope that you can find some peace and understanding. Take care of yourself and lean on those who love you! Remember YOU are still a Frayser Girl!

Posted by Anna Agee - Concord, NC - Friend   October 15, 2018

My prayers to out to Susan and the rest of the family. We didn't know Etherlynn for long but she was a very kind person that always had a smile on her face!

Posted by Kenny Rubinsztein - Austin, TX - Neighbor   October 15, 2018


My prayers go out to Susan and all of the family that have lost Ethelynn. She was so sweet and I really loved talking with her. She will be missed by many....

Posted by Becky Bloom - Manchaca, TX - Friend   October 15, 2018

Ethelynn was a treasured friend. Her gentle, warm, intelligent presence will be sorely missed at our Sunday gatherings. Through your efforts, we have made so many friends that enrich our lives, and we are so grateful.

Posted by Jo Wilson - Austin, TX - Friend   October 15, 2018

Susan and family, I am so sorry to hear that Beebe has passed away! You two were my idols of how love, friendship and family should be. I hear the laughs and see the smile, even though it has been many years. I was one of the lucky ones to call y'all friends. Sunny and I send our love and hugs. There is now another beautiful, happy, vivacious Angel in Heaven.

Posted by Paige Arenschield - SEABROOK, TX - Friend   October 15, 2018

My heartfelt condolences goes out to all of you. We have lost a great-one to all of us. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU.

Posted by Vernell Pippin - Haltom City, TX - Family   October 14, 2018

"I will miss your beautiful smile and warm inviting personality. I never attended any gathering of friends in Austin that I did not seek you out. I will miss your humor, knowledge of everything, and loving kindness to everyone, even me. I will never forget you. I know with all my heart I will see you again.Thank you for your friendship and all that you accomplished for our community."

Posted by Carol Villandry - Wimberley, TX - Friend   October 14, 2018

I will miss you. No one else likes to play In-between at poker. You were always smiling and positive. Heaven is singing with you.

Posted by Sarah Calvert - Austin, TX - Friend   October 14, 2018

Its a shock to know you've suddenly left our world. Thank you for your welcoming and gregarious spirit. You enriched and connected many of us.

Posted by Caroline Scott - Austin, TX - Friend   October 13, 2018

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