Betty Nixon DeYoung, 84, of Houston, formerly of Port Arthur, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 20. The family takes solace in knowing that she is now in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. She was born on March 23, 1930, in Port Arthur, to Bertha Corkran Nixon and Barney Allen Nixon.

Betty graduated from Port Arthur Jefferson High School in 1948 and she and A.J. were married on Aug. 28 of that year. She was a Proof Auditor at Merchants Bank and later an Internal Auditor for Sabine Bank until she retired in 1982. Betty and A.J. moved to Estes Park, Co., where they enjoyed their retirement for 20 years, before moving to Fredericksburg in 2003, where she lived until 2011 at which time she moved to Houston to be close to family and entered an assisted living facility.

Betty was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Port Arthur for 35 years where she served as a Sunday School Teacher. She was a member of Estes Park Baptist Church and then became a member of First Baptist Church of Fredericksburg.

Survivors include her son, Jim DeYoung and his wife, Lauren; daughter, Suzanne Walstad; grandchildren, Lauren and Kyle Walstad, all of Houston; sister, Myrtle Dowden of Nederland; sister-in-law, Barbara Nixon of Bridge City and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, A.J. DeYoung; parents; sister, Hazel and brother, Charles.

We would like to sincerely thank Janice Young and her staff at Serenity House and Janice Hoffman with Excel Hospice who cared for her with love and special attention.

A gathering of Mrs. DeYoung’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, at Broussard’s, Nederland.

Her funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 27, at Broussard’s Mortuary, Nederland with Dr. Don Higginbotham officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland.