Betty was born in Minden July 28, 1932, grew up there, and returned frequently throughout her later life. Betty achieved a Bachelors of Science in English, and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Louisiana State University in May, 1954; she remained an avid Tiger fan for the remainder of her life. Betty practiced as a librarian, mostly in young adult sections, in Louisiana, Oregon, and Dallas, for a total of 17 years; she loved to read and read a wide variety of books on many subjects.
Betty met her husband, Quinton Erickson, at First Baptist Church of Dallas and remained an active member there until her death. After teaching five year olds in Sunday School for 37 years, Betty ‘retired” to the Pathfinders Bible class, where she enjoyed the companionship of many close friends. She also participated in the Celebration Singers and Women’s Bible Study, and was devoted to her Conversational English students. She gave many years to PTA while her daughters were in school and is still remembered for her kindness in opening her home to their friends over the years.
She is survived by husband Quinton, daughters Laurie Chiron (with husband Yannick Chiron), of Rennes, France, and Kelly Robb (with husband Daniel Robb) of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren Zacharie Chiron, Gabrielle Chiron, and Nathanael Chiron; brothers Graydon Kitchens, Jr., and Paul Kitchens, both of Minden, Louisiana; three sisters-in-law, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and many much-loved friends.
Visitation will be held at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, from 6 until 8 p.m. The service will be held in the old Sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Dallas at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.