Elizabeth Graves Bartlett Allen, known as “Betsy”, passed away Thursday, May 6th, in her home in Marlin where she was born. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 411 Oaks Street in Marlin with the Rev. Holly Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the Bartlett Family Plot at Calvary Cemetery.
Betsy was born October 8, 1921 in Marlin, the daughter of Bess and Tom Bartlett. She was a graduate of Marlin High School and of Southwestern University in Georgetown where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Baylor University. Betsy was a favorite teacher of decades of students who passed through the hallways of the Cotulla and Marlin Independent School District, where she taught English and Journalism for 32 years. She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving many positions in her church. She was a charter member of the “Not So Great” Book Club and a lifetime member of The Wednesday Matinee Musical Club. For years Betsy gathered with friends for the Friday Night Supper Club. She was a very active community supporter, serving on The Allen House Board of Directors and was a Patron of the Palace Theater. Not only will Betsy be remembered and greatly missed for her dedication to church and community, but for her whimsical wit, sweet nature, positive attitude, and the phrase “think good thoughts” that she advocated to others.
Betsy was the epitome of a Southern Lady, serving as a role model and inspiration to those of her acquaintance. She loved to travel, taking pleasure in America’s landscape, as well as enjoying many international cruises and trips abroad. Betsy especially relished times spent in Akumal, Mexico with family and friends. Playing bridge in several bridge clubs was one of her favorite pastimes and she often delighted in leaving the table as high person. It was to no one’s surprise when she made one of her Grand Slams at the bridge table. She was an avid reader with an extensive library collected through generations of her family. Betsy was a gracious hostess for multitudes of gatherings in her home where she served many a delectable menu. Countless recipes were taken from the Bounty on the Brazos Cookbook (Four Generations of Texas Cooking) that she compiled along with her sisters, Ann Bartlett and Sarah Norton, Cousin Mary Windsor, and dear lifelong friend, Weezie Burton. Special friends, Ruth Ann and George Wilson, contributed artistic ideas and authentic pictures to this edition that is treasured by those owning a copy.
Betsy was married to Frank Sehon who died in 1978. To them her only child of whom she was most proud, Thomas Bartlett Sehon was born. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Hodges in 1964, and in 1979 by husband, Walter Allen whom she married in 1973; Betsy’s three siblings, including a brother, Thomas B. Bartlett; sisters, Ann Harlan Bartlett and Sarah Bartlett Norton.
Survivors include her son, Thomas Bartlett Sehon and wife, Helen of Marlin; grandchildren whom she adored, Christopher Sehon with the US Army and wife, Jennifer of Fort Lee, Virginia, Justin Sehon and wife, Antoinette of China Spring, Megan Janek and husband, Michael of Abbott, Thomas Bartlett Sehon, Jr. and Elizabeth Ann Harlan Sehon of Hillsboro; seven great-grandchildren; nieces, Nancy Bartlett Erwin and husband, Gene of Granbury, Martha Bartlett Pepper of Beaumont; nephews, Dr. Bart Norton and wife, Cathy of Palestine, Bill Norton and wife, Jean of Austin, and Andy Norton and wife, Dot of Marlin; several cousins including Madeline Jackson and husband, Tommy of Marlin, Maxine Chatmas of Marlin, Mary Frances Green of San Antonio and Dr. Barry Brazelton and wife, Chrisse of Boston, MA; numerous great nieces and nephews as well as a host of family and friends including special lifelong friend Sam Holmes and wife Doris of Dallas.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Jackson, Steve Johnson, James Walton Jones, Harry Kenny, Johnny Rogers, Rockney Terry and Danny Vickers, all of Marlin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Marlin Mayor Norman Erskine, Sam Holmes of Dallas, Jack Welch and George Wilson, both of Marlin.
The family wishes to express a very heartfelt thank you to those who attended Betsy, enabling her to spend her courageous final months and days in her home. Special appreciation is expressed to Rosinal Hughes and her caregivers; to Dr. David Fedro and his nurse, Charlotte Jobe for their dedication in attending her; and finally, to the Hospice Nurses of Vistacare.
Anyone wishing to do so is invited to make a memorial in Betsy’s memory to First Presbyterian, The Allen House, Pauline and Jane Chilton Memorial Marlin Public Library, the Palace Theatre, or to the charity of one’s choice.