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Betty Paulsen Clarke

September 16, 1930 - February 7, 2018

Betty Paulsen Clarke, 87, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2018. She was born Betty Nell Davis, September 16, 1930, in Mercedes, TX, daughter of the late Druella Anderson and James Henry Davis. She and William Max Paulsen Jr. (Billy) married in Houston on August 30, 1952. They lived in Houston until 1992 when they moved to Columbus, TX. After Billy’s death in 1994, Betty married Leon Kenneth Clarke (Ken) in October 1997.

After graduating high school, she moved to Temple, TX to attend Scott & White nursing school. Betty loved her nursing career and even when not working, her interest in health and fitness touched many people. She was a compassionate woman that always focused on the needs of others. She loved gardening, sewing, quilting, genealogy research and most of all spending time with her family. Betty was a member of the Heritage Society of Houston and worked tirelessly on the gardens at Sam Houston Park. She was a member of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston and then First United Methodist Church in Columbus, always serving on committees and boards, singing in the choir and jumping in to lend a hand to help a friend or family.

She was the consummate mother and wife. Known as “Gran” by her grandchildren, she loved them with all her heart.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William Paulsen and her 2nd husband, Kenneth Clarke; sister, Treva Fossler.

She is survived by her children: Eric Thomas Paulsen and wife Diane, Katy, TX; William Burford Paulsen and wife Lynn, Katy, TX; Molly Paulsen McBirney and husband Sam, Houston, TX. She is also survived by her grandchildren Chris Walker, Galveston, TX; Andy Paulsen and wife Gen, Singapore; Molly Parker and husband Andy, Dallas, TX; William Paulsen and wife Jill, Katy, TX; Elizabeth Florey and husband Jim, Spring, TX; Corey Fields, The Woodlands, TX; Carter Fields and wife Jessica, Austin, TX; Courtney Fields, Houston, TX. And great-grandchildren, Malia Florey, Quinnton Fields, Mattie Paulsen, Charlotte Paulsen, Warren Parker, Hayes Paulsen, Micah Parker, Jack Paulsen, Max Paulsen, Ella Florey.

The family wishes to give a heartfelt thank you to Vantage Hospice and Belmont Village at Hunters Creek for their love and care.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at First United Methodist Church, Columbus, TX on Friday, February 9, 2018, 2:00 pm with Pastor Mark Brechin officiating. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 4401 Lilac Ln., Victoria, TX 77901, www.cancer.org; Alzheimer’s Association, Houston & Southeast TX Chapter, 6055 South Loop East, Houston, TX 77087-1005, www.alz.org; or First United Methodist Church, 1229 Milam St., Columbus, TX 78934.


Betty Paulsen Clarke
September 16, 1930 - February 7, 2018



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