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Betty K. Neill

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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012 11:55 am

Betty K. Neill was called into the arms of the Lord on Sept 26, 2012, when she lost her brave battle of 5+ years to tongue cancer.

Betty was born to Aggie and Karl Kutzer in Bandera on April 28, 1933, and was raised on the family farm. She met her husband Dalton F. Neill in 1952. They dated then Dalton went into the U.S. Navy and Betty waited for him and they were married in the Woodlawn Methodist Church, San Antonio on March 5, 1954. They lived in Austin and attended The University of Texas. After graduation he went to work for an oil company and they were sent to New Orleans then Corpus Christi, San Antonio Kingsville and back to San Antonio.

In 1971 they moved to their ranch in Comfort and Dalton commuted for his work. Betty was an active member of the San Antonio Conservation Society and for many years had the “PICKLE” booth during NIOSA. She was also a member of Fair Oaks Ranch Golf and Country Club and Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club Ruidoso/Alto NM. She was an active member of Gaddis Methodist Church for many years.

During their 58+ years of marriage they produced three children, traveled the U.S., Canada, Mexico, went abroad several times and sailed on 17 cruises. She also divided her time between their home in Comfort and their vacation homes in Rockport and Ruidoso/Alto N.M.

She is survived by her husband Dalton; daughter Bunny Macdonald and husband Larry, granddaughter Megan of San Antonio; daughter Michele Rose and husband Jim of Comfort; son Shannon Neill and wife Sharon and granddaughter Eyler of Fair Oaks Ranch; granddaughter Jessica Crowder and husband Jason of Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandson Jack Rose and wife René and great grandson Cooper of Bryan; grandson Colton Rose of Comfort; brother Ronnie Kutzer of Orange Grove; and sister JoAnn Vanburkleo and husband Lee of Pflugerville.

A celebration of her life was held at Gaddis United Methodist Church, Comfort, on Sept. 29. In lieu of flowers please contribute to Gaddis Methodist Church-Endowment fund, Comfort Public Library, San Antonio Livestock Exposition-Student Western Art Auction, Peterson Hospice, Kerrville, or a charity of your choice.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schaetter Funeral Home, Comfort