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Elizabeth Anne (Betty) Bailey Hall

Obituary for Elizabeth Anne (Betty) Bailey Hall

October 9, 1920 - March 23, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 97


Elizabeth Anne (Betty) Bailey Hall of Austin died peacefully in her sleep on March 23, 2018 at the age of 97. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Adin and her sister Carolyn B. Berneking of Lawrence, KS.

Betty was born in 1920 in Oklahoma City, OK to Dr. William H. Bailey and Ethel Walker Bailey. She was educated in the public schools, graduating Classen High School in 1938. In 1942 she graduated from the University of Oklahoma, having been a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board and Pi Beta Phi. In 1943 she married Adin H. Hall at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas TX. He was a Lieutenant in the Ordnance Dept. in the US Army. Four years later, he left active service as a Major.

During the years of their marriage, she and Adin lived in Texarkana, Cushing, OK, Houston, TX, North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow), NY, and back to Houston. After Adin's retirement from 40 years with Shell Oil, they moved into their dream home, built by son Tom and his construction company, in Lost Creek, on the west side of Austin, Texas. During their 18 years there, they enjoyed entertaining friends, holiday and birthday family gatherings, and playing golf at the Lost Creek Country Club. Both served as leaders in their golf associations and made close friends with their golfing buddies.

In 2002, they moved to Westminster Manor into an apartment where they could watch the sunset as they had done from the balcony of their home in Lost Creek. They made many new friends there, but continued to be active with their friends from Lost Creek and Austin. Adin died in 2009.

Betty is survived by three sons, their wives and families: Richard Adin Hall, his wife Suzanne Gallaway Hall, their sons Todd and Bobby, Todd's wife Jean Phillips Hall and Todd and Jean's daughter and son Mackenzie and Ryan of Boulder, CO; Thomas Bailey Hall and his wife Susan Syler, his son and daughter, Dan and Heather, Heather's husband Eric Swenson, their sons Gavin and Bailey, and daughter Sage, all of Austin, and Susan's daughter and son, Amy Thomas Soupiset and Syler Thomas, and their families; James William Hall and his wife Pamela Hurst Hall, their two sons, Mike and Craig, and Mike's wife, Lizzy Tandberg, all of San Antonio. Betty is also survived by her sister Jean Bailey McKinney of Portland, OR., and by Dan and Heather's mother, Linda Monk Jennings, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Betty was an elder on the sessions of First Presbyterian Church of Houston and of Covenant Presbyterian Church of Austin. She also taught Sunday School and served in the leadership of the Women of the Church in both churches. She received Honorary Life membership from Presbyterian Women of Covenant, Austin and served on the church history committee. She was coordinator of volunteers for the America Bible Society of Houston and Austin, having first become a speaker/volunteer in 1967 at Second Reformed Church, which the family attended while living in New York.

She served as president of the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club of Houston and was active in the Austin, TX., and Westchester, NY. alumnae clubs. For twelve years she was also a member of several national committees of Pi Beta Phi, working with their national philanthropy, Arrowmont Arts and Crafts School in Gatlinburg, TN. In connection with this work and as delegate from alumnae clubs she attended thirteen national conventions. She received the Angel Award as outstanding alumnae from both the Houston and Austin alumnae clubs.

She served as den mother for all three sons when they were in Cub Scouts, giving them a good start on their way to becoming Eagle Scouts. She is also grandmother to 3 Eagle Scouts and great grandmother to another.

She was on the board of family services organizations in Houston, TX and Westchester County, NY, and she and Adin volunteered several years with the El Buen Pastor Faith Food Pantry. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumnae Assoc. of both Houston and Austin, a life member of the University of Oklahoma Alumnae Assoc. a member of the Andrew Carruthers Chapter of DAR and of several Genealogical Societies. She was a proofreader for the Texas Historical Foundation's quarterly newsletter for many years.

She served as President and Treasurer of the Kwill Klub, a long standing Austin writing club. She later gathered her writings from 20 years in Kwill Klub and published them as "Rose Petals: A Potpourri of Writings".

Betty's interest in genealogy and family history began in high school when she was studying British history. Starting with Bailey family information which had been organized by her grandfather, over the next 70 years she researched and documented the Bailey, Walker, Hall, and Coward families. She and Adin enjoyed family reunions, visits with family members, and trips to libraries and cemeteries across the United States. When personal computers became available, she put the family data into a Roots database, eventually documenting 8000 individuals. She published a 200 page family history book for each of the families, with photos and individual anecdotes, for future generations to enjoy.

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A memorial service and reception will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive, Austin, Texas 78757, at 2:00 PM on April 29, 2018.

If you wish to honor her memory, the family suggests Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Dr. Austin, Texas 78757, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Box 567, Gatlinburg, TN. 37738, Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services, 4407 Bee Caves Rd. Austin, Texas 78746, or a charity of your choice.

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