Betty Jean Williamson

October 9, 1933 - July 10, 2019
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Betty Williamson, who nurtured, cared for, comforted and entertained family members and friends for decades from her homes in Galveston and Dickinson, died Wednesday at her home in Texas City. She was 85.

Born Betty Jean Lynch in Galveston in 1933, she was valedictorian of the Ursuline Academy graduating class of 1951. For the rest of her life, she spoke fondly of Ursuline, kept in touch with classmates and remained especially close to one, Kay Everling.

Ms. Lynch spent two years in New Orleans at Ursuline College, until it closed in 1953. She returned to Galveston and worked at the Moody State School for Cerebral Palsied Children, then in the Southwestern Bell local business office.

In their 20s and early 30s, Ms. Lynch and Ms. Everling often traveled together for vacations, including to New York City and Mexico City. Two Ursuline classmates joined them on a trip to a dude ranch, outside Bandera, in the Texas Hill Country.

In 1966, Ms. Lynch married Ellis Williamson, also of Galveston. Now Mrs.

Williamson, by the early ’70s she was mother to three sons and was raising them and running the household full-time.

Almost every evening, she cooked, plentifully enough to have leftovers and well enough that they went fast. She took pride in generating yelps of surprise and delight with thoughtfully chosen and expertly wrapped birthday and Christmas gifts, often hiding or disguising them for greater effect. She baked cakes and cookies, organized parties and road trips, and decorated for every major holiday.

And Mrs. Williamson excelled at conversation. For most of her life, she would put aside everything else for an opportunity to visit, whether on the phone or in person.

In 2008, Mrs. Williamson and her husband moved to Dickinson to live closer to their sons and their families. Mr. Williamson died in 2015, and in 2017 Mrs. Williamson moved to Texas City.

Survivors include Mrs. Williamson’s sons, Chris, Gary and Steve; daughters-in- law, Stacie and Stephanie; grandchildren, Tyler, Tristan, Ryan, Grace and Matthew; numerous nephews and nieces and their families; and Ms. Everling.

Preceding Mrs. Williamson in death were Mr. Williamson; her father, Bill Lynch, Sr.; sister, Joyce Wagner; mother, Leona Lynch; and brothers, Bill Lynch, Jr., and Bob Lynch.

Mrs. Williamson’s family will receive visitors Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. and entombment at Calvary Cemetery.

 

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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Time: 9:30 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Address:

1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Time: 10:30 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Address:

1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Time: 11:45 am

Calvary Catholic Cemetery

Address:

2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Born: October 9, 1933
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Anonymous posted on 9/26/19

May you rest in peace, and watch over those you love.

 

Charles Solomon posted on 7/16/19

Chris and extended family. Please accept my deepest sympathy during your time of loss. I know you loved your mother dearly and happy you were able to be with her as she was called to heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May god bless and provide strength to all the family.

 

Al & Rachel Carmona posted on 7/13/19

So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you guys and all the family. May she Rest In Peace.

 

Leezan posted on 7/13/19

I am so sorry for your loss ! Praying for all of you ! Eddie and Leezan Grun

 

Trey Gonzales posted on 7/13/19

Gary, Steve, and Chris, I am truly sorry for your loss. Your mother was a great woman. She will be missed. Trey & Vanessa Gonzales

 

Wendy posted on 7/13/19

Chris, Gary, Steve and families... My deepest sympathy to you all as you deal with the death of BeBe. She was always my favorite aunt, and along with all of my other memories in my younger childhood, there is one thing that has always stuck out in my mind. When I was 18, and my mother suffered her ruptured brain aneurysm, your mother had just happened to stop by our house for a visit. (That hardly ever happened... as y’all know, MeMaw’s house was Grand Central for most get-togethers in the family. ) I had left the house before your Mom arrived, and only Shannon (8) was home with Mama. I have always felt that God led your mother to our house that day, because she would be there to call the ambulance for Mama.... otherwise Shannon wouldn’t have known what to do. Your mother was the last person my mother saw or spoke to, and hopefully my mother will be one of the first people to greet her in Heaven. God bless you all.

 

Dorie Pearce posted on 7/13/19

Steve and Stephanie so very sorry to hear of your loss. May she Rest In Peace. Much love Dorie and Kevin

 

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