Betty Woodburn White


Betty Woodburn White, age 97, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 24th at the Manchester Care Home in Dallas, Texas. She was born in Oklahoma on November 7, 1921 and spent most of her youth in Ponca City, Oklahoma. On December 21, 1942, she joined the war effort and enlisted in the army and was stationed in Phoenix, AZ. After the war, she received an honorable discharge and moved to the Houston area where she met and married Earl White.

They had two sons, Russell and Michael, and the family moved to Madisonville when the boys became school-age. She loved to sing and was a member of the Madisonville United Methodist Church Choir. In the late 1970’s, she moved to Bryan where she opened up “Specially For You”, a personalizing gift shop. She was a member of the Women’s Club of Bryan and FUMC of Bryan. Upon retiring, she focused on the things she loved – traveling and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In her later years, she moved to the country to be closer to Russell and his family on his ranch.

A private service and burial will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Madisonville Cemetery. A brief time of public visitation will be held at the Madisonville Funeral Home from 1:30 PM until the Memorial Service beginning at 2:00 PM.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, John Bomar Woodburn and Lillian Pearl (Wood) Woodburn; son, Russell White; grandson, David White; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Lavania Woodburn and E.R. “Buster” and Lannie Woodburn and sister, Sally Paston.

Surviving family includes son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Madie White; daughter-in-law, Lucinda (Mrs. Russell) White; grandson, Steven White and wife, Regina, great grandson, Jackson White and great granddaughter, Allison White; grandson, Kevin White and wife, Megan, great grandson, Cason White; two granddaughters, Sarah White and Amy White and seven nieces and nephews: Judy Paston, Mickey Paston, Bill Paston, John Woodburn, Jr., Moise Allen, Paul Woodburn and Lisa Woodburn.

In lieu of flowers, Betty's family ask that donations be made in her memory to the 100 Club of Houston, 5555 San Felipe Street, Ste. 520, Houston, Texas 77056.

Madisonville Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.