Bettie Lou Roberts
Bettie Lou Roberts
  • March 22, 1943 - October 14, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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With friends and family at her bedside, Bettie Weaver Roberts passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. She was born March 22, 1943, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Dorothy Lemmon Weaver and Walton D. Weaver. She was predeceased by her husband of almost 50 years, Barry R. Roberts; her parents, her grandparents, Mary Haworth and William S. Lemmon, and aunts and uncles Cena E. Lemmon, Forrest G. Lemmon, Harold L. Lemmon, and Verda L. and Robert G. Tuggle, all of Arkansas City, Kansas.

She grew up and attended public schools in Arkansas City, where she was valedictorian of the Arkansas City High School class of 1961. She attended the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Alpha Mu (liberal arts honorary). While working for Marathon Oil Co. in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she met Barry R. Roberts; they were married on Oct. 8, 1966. They lived first in Tulsa, then in Springfield, Mo., where daughter Brooke was born, prior to moving to Houston in 1971.

In Houston, Bettie did volunteer work for the Houston Symphony Society, Houston Grand Opera, Alpha Chi Omega, and First Presbyterian Church, among other organizations. She and Barry were also members of Cotillion Dance Club and Luau Dance Club. While Brooke was in elementary school, Bettie returned to school herself and completed a B.A. in English at the University of Houston, followed by an M.A. and Ph.D. at Rice University. As a graduate student, she taught Freshman English at Rice; after completing her Ph.D., she taught sophomore literature and freshman composition in the English Department at the University of Houston Central Campus and UH-Downtown; subsequently, she worked as an academic advisor to UH-Central students. At the time of her retirement in 2008, she was an academic advisor in the UH Political Science Department. She loved her family, music, teaching, and the Texas hill country.

She leaves her daughter and son-in-law Brooke and Michael Monk, her grandson Jack Kuhlman Monk, and granddaughter Sara Renshaw Monk. She also leaves Cooper, the latest in a long and beloved line of cats. The family would like to especially thank her long time caregiver and friend, Nallely Monroy.

The family will gather for a graveside service and interment. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Doak Leggett, David McKeithan, Michael Monk, David Monk, Jeffrey Monk and Brian Monk.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Houston SPCA, 900 Portway, Houston 77024, Alley Cat Allies (, Rice University, MS-80, P. O. Box 1892, Houston 77251-1892, or Benzodiazepine Information Coalition (