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Celebrating the life of
Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Malone
April 08, 1924 - December 28, 2016
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Burial
  • 2:00pm - Wednesday, January 04, 2017
  • Forest Park Lawndale
  • 6900 Lawndale Street (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77023

  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 10:00am - Tuesday, January 03, 2017
  • St. Anne Catholic Church
  • 2140 Westheimer Road (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77098

  • (713) 526-3276

Andy, I'm so sorry to read about your mother's death. I had met her a number of times at the gallery. She was lively and interesting. She always seemed to have a lot going on. My sincere condolences. Lynn

Lynn Goode , Houston , Tx

Betty and I were neighbors from the time she moved to 2321 Goldsmith. We attended many Saturday art talks at the Reaves Gallery (early Texas art) together, since we both loved art. We took morning walks together for several years. Betty was a good walker, very fit, from years of practice on her travels around the world. She told me a lot about her years at DuBose Gallery. She loved the lectures at the Women's Institute given by a mutual friend, Professor Richard Murray, on politics. Betty reminded me of my mother because she was a Southern lady constricted by the expectations of that role, and she was a rebel at heart.

Gayle DeGregori, Houston, tx

I lived across the street from Betty from 1999 to date. We had many interesting talks in front of her duplex. She certainly had a very full and interesting life. She was a very gracious lady.

Bob loughney , Houston , Tx

Betsy, I am deeply sad to hear about Betty's death. I enjoyed working for Harvey at Brown & Root and had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with them. Blessings to you and your family.

Hortense Stripling, Fulshear, TX

Betsy, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. I onły met her once at yours and Gary's home and would have loved to know her.. God Bless you and your family.

Ann Mitchell, Victoria, BC

Thank you for giving us an opportunity to serve and be a part of Ms. Betty's world. God bless..!

Hortense Fernandez , Sugarland , TX

I'll be sure to pour out a little of my martini for you Ommie! Thank you for teaching me about the world we live in and installing a love for travel in me and in turn, my children! Love, Matt

Matthew Patterson, Houston, TX

Mom, My first thought was, I bet you've gone next door to see Nanoote and Tottie. I'm sure going to miss you. See you before you know it. Xoxox

Betsy Feehan Willis, Houston, Texas

Betty was born Elizabeth Ann Malone on April 8, 1924 New Iberia, Louisiana, to a Catholic family. Her mother was from French roots and her father Irish. Her mother taught her “proper” cooking and eating, which resulted in Betty becoming a good cook and stylish hostess. She believed her father, who was an engineer for Morton’s salt mines at Avery Island, LA, was very bright. When she was 3, the family moved to Beaumont, TX, where her father tried his hand at real estate and insurance, but was caught in the midst of the depression. After about 3 years, they all moved to Houston where Betty attended St. Anne’s grammar school, then St. Agnes Academy for Young Ladies for high school. Next, she went to Rice as an English major when there were 300 male students and 100 women admitted each year, and there was no tuition. The women had to be off campus by 5 PM each day. Because of World War II, Betty graduated in 3 years, in October 1944.
Jobs were scarce for English majors, so Betty lived with her parents and did what she described as “menial” jobs. Then she met her future husband, Harvey Feehan, through a family connection: his uncle was married to her aunt. Harvey, who was 5 years older than Betty, was from New Orleans and graduated from Tulane. Harvey was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps when he graduated from Tulane in 1940. They were married at St Anne’s Church in 1946 and had a reception at the Junior League, followed by a honeymoon in Mexico. They ended up moving 28 times in 20 years, all in the U.S. Some of the locations were Quantico, VA, Norfolk, VA, San Diego and La Jolla, CA. Betty’s favorite location was South Bend, IN, where Harvey spent 3 years as the executive officer of the naval ROTC program at Notre Dame University.
Their first child, Mark Malone, was born in Coronado, CA in 1949. Major Feehan was sent to Korea as Battalion Commander in 1950 and his battalion was among the troops trapped by the Chinese at the Chosin Reservoir. Betty gave him up for dead. Their second child, Andrew, was born in Houston in December 1950. Then Mark died in March, 1951 and Harvey came home from Korea and was transferred to Norfolk, VA. Their third child, Brian, was born in Norfolk in August 1952; the forth, John was born in Houston in 1955; and the fifth, Betsy, in South Bend, IN in 1957.
Andy, a painter and teacher, lives with his wife and four boys in France, and Brian, a musician, lives with his wife and daughter in Switzerland. John lives in and works for L.D. Systems in Houston, Betsy and her husband live in Houston. Betsy has 2 sons – Nicky died at age 18, and Matthew is married with a son and a daughter.
Harvey retired from the marines in 1960 after 20 years of service. They lived in La Jolla for a few years, and then moved to Houston. Harvey got a good job with Brown & Root Engineering Co., where his brother, Thomas, also worked. Harvey died in 1990.
Although Betty had not worked outside the home after marrying, when they came to Houston in the late 1960’s, she went to work for Ben Du Bose at Du Bose Gallery. She found this exciting because the gallery handled framing and sales for many prominent Houstonians. Betty discovered the travel business in 1973.
Betty was a travel agent with several agencies, where she arranged trips, escorted groups and travelled all over the world. By the time she retired in 2010, she had visited 55 countries, including 12 trips to China and countless trips to Mexico and South America. Starting around 1990, she attended courses at The Women’s Institute and Continuing Education at Rice.
In retirement, Betty was very independent, drove and remained active, taking courses and attending lectures at Rice, The Women’s Institute, The World Affairs Council, the Rice Design Alliance and others. She attended openings at galleries and met friends for lunch. Her “Lunch Bunch” group met every month at a different restaurant. She had keen interest in the arts, reading, and history, and kept herself quite busy. She had always been a “wanderer” since her mother sent her by herself on train trips when she was little. She attributed her vitality and longevity to her curiosity, broad interests, spirit of adventure, eating well, extensive walking and a martini before dinner.
Betty loved animals of every kind, rescuing many cats and dogs, bugs, snakes, lizards and birds. She donated to many organizations dedicated to their care.
Betty’s most traumatic life experiences were the death of her first child and the death of Nicky (in a motorcycle accident).
In her last year of life, she began to long for “home”, often commenting that she was the only one left, speaking daily of her beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, her parents, her sister Nancy, her husband Harvey, her son Mark and grandson Nicky. She is finally Home.
The family would like to thank Betty’s wonderful caretakers; Hortensia Fernandez, Sandra Bolden, Kelli Kenney, Robert Cantu, Vivian, Jessie, Pam, Yvette and Jeannie, the professionals at Amed Hospice, especially Dana Hebert and Eva Volrie.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Ten o’clock in the morning, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer, Houston 77098. Interment will take place on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Two o’clock in the afternoon, at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, 6900 Lawndale, Houston 77023.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA or the Houston Humane Society.

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Andy, I'm so sorry to read about your mother's death. I had met her a number of times at the gallery. She was lively and interesting. She always seemed to have a lot going on. My sincere condolences. Lynn

Lynn Goode , Houston , Tx

Candle tribute lit by Wes, April, and Beryl — Texas

Betty and I were neighbors from the time she moved to 2321 Goldsmith. We attended many Saturday art talks at the Reaves Gallery (early Texas art) together, since we both loved art. We took morning walks together for several years. Betty was a good walker, very fit, from years of practice on her travels around the world. She told me a lot about her years at DuBose Gallery. She loved the lectures at the Women's Institute given by a mutual friend, Professor Richard Murray, on politics. Betty reminded me of my mother because she was a Southern lady constricted by the expectations of that role, and she was a rebel at heart.

Gayle DeGregori, Houston, tx

I lived across the street from Betty from 1999 to date. We had many interesting talks in front of her duplex. She certainly had a very full and interesting life. She was a very gracious lady.

Bob loughney , Houston , Tx

Betsy, I am deeply sad to hear about Betty's death. I enjoyed working for Harvey at Brown & Root and had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with them. Blessings to you and your family.

Hortense Stripling, Fulshear, TX

Candle tribute lit by Anne Hill — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Cynthia Silk — Texas

Betsy, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. I onły met her once at yours and Gary's home and would have loved to know her.. God Bless you and your family.

Ann Mitchell, Victoria, BC

Thank you for giving us an opportunity to serve and be a part of Ms. Betty's world. God bless..!

Hortense Fernandez , Sugarland , TX

I'll be sure to pour out a little of my martini for you Ommie! Thank you for teaching me about the world we live in and installing a love for travel in me and in turn, my children! Love, Matt

Matthew Patterson, Houston, TX

Mom, My first thought was, I bet you've gone next door to see Nanoote and Tottie. I'm sure going to miss you. See you before you know it. Xoxox

Betsy Feehan Willis, Houston, Texas

Candle tribute lit by Betsy — Texas


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