Betty Jane Kolvoord Vocational Arts Dept


BETTY JANE KOLVOORD, age 77, died Thursday, January 15, 2004 in Kerrville after a long illness. The daughter of Howard and Stella Weaver, she was born in Wichita Falls April 18, 1926 on her mother's birthday. Betsy as she was known to friends and family, grew up in Wichita Falls. She loved to tell humorous stories about friends and family from those early childhood years. A 1946 graduate of Texas Women's University with a bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees she would later earn a special education certificate. She married Robert Addison Kolvoord on April 29, 1948. For several years she taught biology at Hardin College (now Midwestern University) in her hometown. She loved to teach and for 22 years she taught special education at San Jacinto and Waltrip High Schools in Houston. She kept in touch with many of her former students and faculty. After retirement in 1984, Betsy and Bob moved to Boerne, Texas where they built a home and frequently volunteered in the community. She was a member of St. Mark Presbyterian Church. Betsy always had a warm and cheerful smile and a friendly disposition. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, as well as, an enthusiastic friend and teacher. Everyone who knew her will dearly miss her happy voice and tender hugs. Her mother and father and brother, Howard "Bud" Weaver, Jr. preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Robert; and children, Larry Kolvoord and his wife, Terri, of Austin, Linda Parsons and her husband, Bob of Kerrville; Grandchildren, Laura Parsons of San Diego, CA, Kelly Parsons of College Station, Evan Kolvoord of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and John Kolvoord of Austin. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Mary Weaver of Richardson and nephews Mark and Greg Weaver. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Betsy to the Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research, 1315 St. Joseph Pkwy, suite 1818, Houston, TX 77002, or St. Mark Presbyterian Church, specify "Older Adult Ministries"208 W. Bandera, Boerne, TX 78006. The family invites you to leave a message or memory at by selecting "obituaries" select "sign guestbook" at the bottom of the individual memorial. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 24 at the St. Mark Presbyterian Church at 208 W. Bandera, Boerne, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Kerrville Funeral Home in Kerrville, Texas.