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Betty Lynn Walter Spence

Obituary for Betty Lynn Walter Spence

September 24, 1931 - May 19, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 86


Betty left this life peacefully on Saturday evening, May 19th after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. An accomplished watercolor artist, she was a member of the West Texas Watercolor Federation, and her paintings can be found in homes and collections throughout the United States. One of her fondest memories was designing a needlepoint canvas of Texas wildflowers for Barbara Bush to work on the campaign trail. Betty was chosen as the poster artist for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in 2000. Her painting has been one of their most popular images ever and has been reproduced on many products for sale in their shop.

Betty met her husband of fifty years, Gene Spence when they both worked at Humble Oil in Houston Texas. Gene somehow charmed Betty into marrying him and immediately moving to Alaska. They made a wonderful team, both loving to entertain frequently, travel with friends, and raise their three children whom they both loved and adored.

Betty was a dedicated gardener. Those who passed by her home would often admire her work. She loved to spend hours working in her gardens, often alongside her neighbor and friend Vera Townsend. She instilled in her daughters Lori and Jennifer that love for gardening.

She was a loving and supportive mother who attended every school event, dance, musical or sporting performance, and ate (or at least tasted) every single dish any child made no matter how inedible it was; and there was more than one night Gene had to go out and pick up dinner after one of the kids had made dinner! She was quick to give praise and never criticized but did correct when necessary. Betty believed in education so strongly that despite her shyness she ran for the Austin School Board once with the campaign slogan "Betty Spence Cares".

Betty was civic minded her entire life, volunteering her time and energy to many charities. She was an especially devoted member of the Settlement Club, volunteering many hours of her time each week.

Betty is survived by her daughter Lori Spence Galloway and her husband Lamar and their son William Seibert, her daughter Jennifer Spence Blount and her husband Doug Blount and their daughters Amelia and Samantha Blount, brother in law Robert L. Powell, and sister in law Elizabeth Cowden Walter as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of fifty year, Irving Gene Spence, her son Gregory Alan Spence, her sister Gladie Jo Powell, and her brother Joseph Charles Walter Jr.

Services are Saturday, May 26th at 11:00 AM at Weed-Corley-Fish, North Lamar. Interment to follow at Austin Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Alzheimer's Association or the Settlement Club of Austin.

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  • In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Alzheimer's Association or the Settlement Club of Austin.

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Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
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