Betty Jane Williamson Durrett

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Services for Betty Durrett, 86, will be held Tuesday, February 6th , 2018 at 2:00 pm, in the Rose Hill Mausoleum, 2400 S Sunnybrook, in Tyler.

Dr. Darryle Dunks of Emerald Bay Community Church will be officiating under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Betty was born in Tyler, Texas on November 20, 1931. She attended Tyler public schools and received her Associate Degree from Tyler Junior College. While at TJC she was a proud member of the Apache Belles, and was chosen to be a member of their select dance touring troupe. After graduation she married the love of her life, Jack W. Durrett, Jr. who preceded her in death in 2017. Betty and Jack were charter members of the Emerald Bay Community Church and she was an active member of the choir for many years.

She was active in the lives of her children and was always a homeroom mother, end of the school year party hostess and always the sideline cheerleader. She developed a love for golf and was president of the Ladies Golf Association at both Hollytree Country Club and Emerald Bay Golf Club. She had a great short game and was always happy to tell others about her, not one, but two, holes in one. Betty reignited her love of dance along with many of her close friends in their Tap Dance Review the "Sophisticats". They brought much joy performing at numerous senior organizations and other events in the Tyler area. Betty was a member of several Mahjong groups and was very skilled at repeatedly being the first to Mahjong. She was a great organizer, social planner, and golf tournament chair. Her quick wit will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Smith and husband Bob Smith of Austin; son, Chuck Durrett and partner Dino Fioramonti; son, Keith Durrett and girlfriend Mary Barr; grandson, Rob Smith and wife Amanda of Seattle; grandson, Brian Smith of New York City; brother Jerry Williamson and wife Judy, brother-in-law and sister-in law Howard and Sherry Dudley as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to give special thanks to her loving caregivers Angie Ortiz and Stephanie Cooley for their loving care and devotion.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Emerald Bay Community Church, 160 LaSalle Rd., Bullard, Texas 75757.
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Tyler, TX 75703
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 4, 2018
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