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Betty Lee Fink Matthews

Obituary for Betty Lee Fink Matthews

April 24, 2017 - July 24, 2017
Lakeway, Texas


In the early morning hours of July 24, 2017, Betty Lee Fink - our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend - passed peacefully into the arms of Our Father.

Born in Salina, Kansas on April 24, 1922 to Lorena and Bill Fink, Betty spent the early part of her life in Springfield, Illinois before moving to Houston, Texas. After graduating from Milby High School in Houston, Betty lived in various Texas and and New Mexico towns in devoted support of her husband, Jim Matthews', baseball career, though she eventually returned to the Houston area and settled in Pasadena. She worked for many years for and retired from Ethyl Corporation as a secretary.

Betty lived her 95 years with gusto. She was an incredibly devoted and nurturing mother and grandmother, and she both adored and was adored by babies and children. Though Betty was an impeccable homemaker, she was also a woman very much ahead of her times who longed for education, professionalism, and travel. Ever-committed to her family, Betty remarked how her #1 goal had been to be able to put both her daughters through college. But with fevered whimsy Betty was quick to second that with the desire to have enough money left over to travel the world, which she did with ardor. Betty adored travel and is remembered for saying that there was no destination in the world that she would not be excited to experience.

Betty was so sharp, a tough competitor at duplicate Bridge, even until her final years. Betty's yearning for a good time was infectious, and her smile would warm a room.

We were so fortunate to have been able to come together in celebration of Betty's incredible and full life only a short four months ago at her 95th birthday. She was our sweet Betty - as the cake so pointedly read - and she smiled and laughed during the entire party.

Betty was preceded in death by: first husband Jim Matthews; husband Julian Hood; sister Norma Jean Lee; sons-in-law Bruce McKague and Art Custer; and grandsons Bo Busby and Jason McKague.

Betty is survived by: daughter Janey Busby and husband Don Busby of Austin, Texas; daughter Caryl Custer of Midland, Texas; brother Bill Fink, Jr. of Clear Lake, Texas; granddaughter Kimberly Cockrell of Austin, Texas; granddaughter Carrie Griffith and husband Michael Griffith of Austin, Texas; great-grandchildren Madeline and Abigail Busby of Boerne, Texas; Brooks, Caroline, and Sean-Patrick Cockrell; and Nola, Mabel, and Tilly Griffith, all of Austin, Texas. Betty is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews, all of whom loved her dearly.

A very special gratitude goes to all the staff and aids who cared for our Sweet Betty at Brookdale Lakeway Community, where Betty lived the last three years, and, to Lindsey Felty, who for the last two years took Betty for outings, and lunch every Friday and grew to love Ms. Betty. Lindsey was a blessing to our Mom, Grandmommie, and to all of us.

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Lakeway, TX 78734
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