Betty Murray passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at the age of 88 years.
She was born on November 28, 1924, in Slick, Oklahoma, to John Delt Holden and Minnie Mae Adams Holden. On June 23, 1945, she married Edwin Lowell “Eddie” Murray in Columbus, Ohio. Together, they made Katy their home in 1946.
Betty was among the first graduates of the Institute for Executive Development for Municipal Employees at North Texas State University. She was the past President of the Gulf Coast Association of City Clerks and Secretaries, as well as the past Director of the State Association of City Clerks and Secretaries.
Betty was a member of Katy First United Methodist Church since moving to Humble Oil’s Katy Gas Plant in 1949. She was also a member of New Morning Circle of Katy First United Methodist Church. As well as being a member of the Katy Literary Club, she was a lifetime member of the Katy Heritage Society. She worked for the City of Katy for 24 dedicated years and retired on July 13, 1985, as the City of Katy’s first city administrator.
She is survived by her children, Gregory E. Murray and his wife Kathy of Katy, Jan Dennison of Hockley, and Kay White and her husband Gary of Houston; grandchildren, Betsy Dennison of Katy, Hal Dennison and his wife Kim of Hockley, Michael White of Houston, and Bethany White of Houston; great grandchildren, Clayton Dennison, Sam Smart and Tristan Smart; her brother, Don Holden and his wife Diane of Perkinston, Mississippi; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Murray, in 1994; her parents; and nine siblings.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Katy. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Katy, with Rev. Pamela Cline officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family is grateful for all the staff at Sunrise at Cinco Ranch and especially the teams in Terrace Club and Reminiscence. Thanks goes out to the staff and nurses at Resolution Hospice for their care and attention.
Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 925, Katy, Texas 77492-0925.
Condolences may be expressed at www.SchmidtFuneralHome.net
Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, 1508 East Avenue, Katy, Texas 77493; 281-391-2424.