Betty Joan Wauer, 76, of Bryan, went to be with her Lord on Monday, April 7, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 12 at Christ United Methodist Church, 4201 State Highway 6 South in College Station with Jerry House officiating.
Betty was born on December 4, 1937 to Alvis N. and Mary L. (Holcomb) Newman in Barnhart, Texas. She graduated from Big Lake High School in Reagan County, TX and worked for the National Park Service for sixteen years.
Betty was proud to be a descendant of William Rabb and Joseph Newman of Stephen F. Austin’s Old 300 making her a 7th Generation Texan. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Colonial Dames. Betty was responsible for acquiring the original Rabb Millstones currently on display in La Grange, TX and historical markers across Texas. She had a passion for genealogy, writing quarterly family newsletters and organizing family reunions for the descendants of the Old 300, but most of all traveling with the love of her life, Ro. Through their travels, she found her second love, butterflies.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Betty leaves behind her loving husband of 37 years, Ro Wauer; four sons, Bill Nichols and his wife LeeAnn, Brad Nichols and his wife Gina, Brent Nichols and his wife Patricia, Barry Nichols and his wife Sharon; three daughters, Becky Bearce, Trina Wauer, and Vicky Gelatt; twenty grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Lois Zeller, Mildred Roach, and Patty Turner; one brother, George Newman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas at 510 E. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX, 78752 or the American Cancer Society at 3207 Briarcrest Dr, Bryan, TX 77802.
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