Evelyn Mae Wall Bettis

February 28, 1921 - January 2, 2010

Evelyn was born February 28, 1921 in McCormick, South Carolina to Alberta and Tom Wall and died peacefully at her home on January 2, 2010, surrounded by her loving family. She was the youngest of eight children. Evelyn was a natural beauty inside and out, an arresting blonde with a magazine cover face and a dimpled smile. Her kindness, generosity, compassion, loyalty, honesty, trustworthiness, and above all, her integrity characterized this amazing lady. With all of the words used in describing her, the most common was “Angel”. At the age of ten her life dream was to be an actress and a mother. She graduated valedictorian from high school and received a full scholarship to attend Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina, where she majored in English and minored in drama. While in South Carolina she entered a national contest for Liberty Magazine and won Miss Liberty Bell. She then went to Teachers College at Colombia University in New York City for her teaching degree. Her start as an actress was amazingly easy. She was scouted by both theatre and movie agents. Evelyn was signed by famous New York producer George Abbott, and he immediately cast her on Broadway in “Kiss and Tell”, where she co-starred with Kirk Douglas. After the show ended, she joined Raymond Massey to play Emily in “Our Town” in a USO tour. Evelyn appeared throughout England, France, and Germany. Her stage name became Carolyn Wall while in London to avoid confusion with another actress. She also played the title role in a steady television show, “Mrs. Drake’s Diary.” While Evelyn was in the Red Cross Club in Rheims, France, she met Lieutenant Roy Bettis of Dallas, whom she married weeks later in New York City. They moved back to Dallas soon after. Evelyn became involved with the Margot Jones Theatre. Her audience not only found her beautiful and charming, but applauded her schooled diction and thorough mastery of acting techniques, with her gift of simplicity and sincerity. Once DMN columnist John Rosenfeld wrote, “For certain roles, she is not only as good as you can want, but often the best you can ask!” While her accomplishments were many and successes great as a professional actress, she put her career to the side to fulfill her other dream of being a mother. Evelyn’s greatest joy came from being a wife and mother. She considered her greatest achievement raising three children, strong in their Christian beliefs and living Christian lives. She was a member of Brook Hollow Golf Club, Dallas Women’s Club, Marianne Scruggs Garden Club and her precious Lucy Tennis Group. She is preceded in heaven by her five sisters and one brother, as well as her beloved granddaughter, Rebecca Valerie Bettis. Evelyn is survived by her sister Cleo Cope, son, Holt Bettis, his wife Chris, daughter Valerie Evelyn Krause and her husband Kent, and daughter Carolyn Wall Berry and her husband Jim. She is also survived by ten loving grandchildren, Brinn Bettis, Caroline, Brett, Katherine and Blake Krause, Chris, David and Jack Conger and Jimmy and Ali Berry, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Family extend their gratitude to her caregivers at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Faith Presbyterian Hospice. A Memorial service will be held at Highland Park Presbyterian Church on Monday, January 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Epworth Children’s Home, P.O. Box 50466, Columbia, SC 29250.

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I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to you. Although we haven’t met, all of us have experienced the loss of a loved one. I recently lost my mother and know the pain of a broken heart. Our Heavenly Father feels our pain. Psalms 34:18 assures us that He is near to those broken at heart. He does, however, hold out a promise that in the very near future He will wipe out all tears of sorrow and pain from our eyes and death will be no more. (Revelation 21:3-5) He also promises to remember all those in the memorial tombs (graves) and restore them to life. (John 5:28,29) Until those words are fulfilled, may you find much peace and comfort in God and in His promises found in the Holy Scriptures. S D Ford, January 29, 2010 I have very fond memories of Evelyn going back over 60 years. She always had a warm smile and kind words; luckily 2 years ago I was in Dallas and had dinner with her and she was as always a joy to be with. My sympathies for your loss. Patch Hugh Armstrong Fitzgerald, January 8, 2010 My condolences to the whole family of lovely Evelyn. I feel privileged to have known her for a short period of time. She was the only patient ever to address me as "darling", I loved it and will always remember her beauteful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Magda Hennes Magda Hennes, January 7, 2010 Although we never had the pleasure of meeting Evelyn, she must have been quite a woman to have the love and devotion of such a precious daughter as Carolyn. Evelyn's warmth, honor for God and family, and love of life is apparent in her daughter and grandchildren and their loved ones. Evelyn leaves a beautiful legacy in her children, grandchildren, and their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you face the earthly loss of this remarkable woman. Allan & Nancy Daniel and Family, January 4, 2010 Evelyn was not only a beautiful lady, but also had a lovely attitude. She seemed as happy to see you if it had been a week or several years, making everyone feel loved. She truly had my respect and admiration. What a wonderful thing for you to be her child or grandchild receiving her precious attributes to shine into the future. With sympathy and love to all Evelyn's family. Barbara Barbara and Bob Dewberry, January 4, 2010 A beautiful person and a friend from the day I met her, late in life..As I saw her, she was a mother first, above all things...She always had a smile and a real one...Everyone who crossed her path will miss her...Love to the family...Sarah Conger Sarah Williams Conger, January 3, 2010 Carolyn, Holt and Valerie, I've heard throughout the years from my parents how deep your mother's beauty was inside and out. After reading about her Christian faith and the love story of meeting your dad it's no wonder she has such kind and grateful children and grandchildren. My friends tell me no one's ever prepared to loose their mom and you'll be in my thoughts and prayers--I pray often. Know all my family sends their love, hugs and prayers to you-Margo Margo Bentsen, January 3, 2010 One of my fondest memories was watching your mom "cheering us on" when we were playing tennis. She was always supportive. She will always be beautiful and sweet in my eyes...and will be missed. Love you always, Allison Autry Hayden Allison Autry Hayden, January 3, 2010 Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jodi and Steve Fleming, January 3, 2010