God saw you were getting tired
And a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you
And whispered, “Come to Me.”
With tearful eyes we watched you
And saw you pass away
And though we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
Betty Rose Bennison, 80, of Galveston, passed away Monday, March 16, 2009, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Betty was born December 9, 1928, in Orange, TX, and married Henry Bennison on December 18, 1965. She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and received her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Texas in Austin. Betty’s career in teaching lasted 40+ years, having taught classes at Ball High School in Galveston, St. Mary’s in Galveston, Tivy High School in Kerrville, Island Christian School in Galveston, and Notre Dame in Kerrville. Betty had many passions and hobbies and was always very active in the community. She served as State Publicity and Community Service Chairman for TPA, was a Boy Scouts Den Mother, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a Volunteer at UTMB in the ACE Unit, member of Daughters of the King, the Sons of Hermann, and the Antique and Horseless Carriage Club. Betty was also a faithful member of Grace Episcopal Church. She enjoyed reading and traveling and loved her grandchildren immensely. Betty’s greatest accomplishment was her devotion to Betsy and Butch and all her grandchildren. They were always the joy of her life.
Betty is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Owen Landrum; mother, Bessie Beatrice Markwith Landrum; and brother, Valtine Landrum.
Betty is survived by her husband of 44 years, Henry G. Bennison, Sr., of Galveston; sister, Laverne Hubbard, of Orange, TX; daughter, Betsy L. Bennison Milina and husband, Vernon “Bubba” Milina, of Galveston; son, Henry “Butch” Bennison, Jr. and wife, Kathy, of Galveston; grandchildren: Richard Betts, Ambur Betts, Amanda Betts, Ashlee Milina, Joey Milina, Matthew Milina, and Gracie Milina; great granddaughter, Kayla Milina; adopted daughter, Kerry Peeks, of Mineral Wells, TX; and very close supportive friend, Dean Oats, of Kerrville, TX; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Betty’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 8:00 pm, Friday, March 20th, at Grace Episcopal Church, 1115 36th Street in Galveston. Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Saturday, March 21st, at Grace Episcopal Church with Rev. Paul Wehner officiating.
Betty’s family will also receive visitors from 5:00 until 8:00 pm, Sunday, March 22nd, at Grimes Funeral Home in Kerrville, TX. Funeral service will be 2:00 pm, Monday, March 23rd, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kerrville with burial to follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
Pallbearers for the service in Galveston will be Vernon “Bubba” Milina, Richard Betts, Joey Milina, Doug Winner, Dean Oats, and Charlie Neiman.
Pallbearers for the service in Kerrville will be Vernon “Bubba” Milina, Richard Betts, Joey Milina, Doug Winner, Dean Oats, and Robert Bell. Honorary pallbearer will be James Avery.
Betty’s family would like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to all the wonderful doctors and nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston.
In lieu of flowers, Betty’s family requests that memorials be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 1115 36th Street, Galveston, TX 77550.