Cook-Walden Funeral Home

6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX


Betty Jo Outon

15 March , 19277 November , 2019
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Age, 92, of Austin, Texas, was peacefully called to heaven on November 7, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Howard Outon, her mother, Ellen Gattis Kielman; and daughter in law, Michelle Bisig Outon. Betty was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She leaves behind three sons who were the center of her world, Paul Warren Outon and wife, Peggy, of Pittsburgh, PA; David Howard Outon and wife, Susan, of Austin, Texas; and Glenn Thomas Outon and wife, Rachel, of Georgetown, Texas. She was blessed with five grandchildren, Ross Outon, of Sonoma, CA, Katie Outon McMahon, of Pittsburgh, PA; Mandy Outon Fordyce of Pflugerville, Texas; Haley Dianne Outon, of Sugarland, Texas; and Diedre Michelle Outon, of Houston, Texas, and her one and only great grandchild, Jackson Andrew Fordyce. After high school, Betty worked at the Texas Employment Commission, where she met the love of her life and they began a love affair that lasted until Tom’s death in 1984. She and Tom enjoyed hunting and fishing together throughout their married life. Most of her years were spent as a loving wife, mother and superior cook. We will all miss her banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, honey spice bars, potato salad, baked beans and her famous sausage balls at Christmas. Her home was always filled with the aroma of her baking. Her family could always count on snacks in the cookie jar and an extra plate at the table if you arrived at dinnertime. Her greatest joy was cooking for the holidays, setting the table with her fine china to host the family.

Betty was a collector of jewelry, dolls, purses, hats and beanie babies. She loved Country and Gospel Music and was a “Master” of the Word Search Puzzles. It was the small things in life that gave her great joy. After the death of her husband, Betty devoted 20 years volunteering at St. David’s Hospital. She took pride in being a Robin and thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent helping others, whether she was delivering flowers or mail to a patient, or working in the gift shop.

Betty was a faithful Christian all of her life and her faith in God never wavered. She was a longtime member of Windsor Park Baptist Church and Crestview Baptist Church. We have fond memories of her singing hymns with great joy up to the end of her life. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff and administration of Buckner Villas Campbell Center for the respectful and loving care they showed Betty the last 4 years that she was a resident. In lieu of flowers, you may make a charitable donation in Betty Outon’s name to St. John’s Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 203, Georgetown, Texas 78627.


  • Paul Outon, Active Pallbearer
  • David Outon, Active Pallbearer
  • Glenn Outon, Active Pallbearer
  • Ross Outon, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Klaus, Active Pallbearer
  • Russell Reneau, Active Pallbearer
  • Vince Clardy, Active Pallbearer
  • Larry Lewis, Active Pallbearer

  • St. John’s Cemetery Association


  • Visitation Monday, 11 November , 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, 12 November , 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, 12 November , 2019


Betty Jo Outon

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Carolyn Ferrari

2 December 2019

My mother, Milli Ferrari, my sister, Jan Ferrari, and I will always remember Betty for her beautiful smile, warm personality, and devotion to her family. The last time I visited Betty at her home on Cloverleaf, she had pictures of her boys and their families all around her. That's what she loved...and it showed. My thanks to her family for letting us share a little bit of your mom/grandmother. We are sorry for your loss.

Lucia Woodruff

18 November 2019

I am sorry to hear that Betty is no longer with us. I knew her mostly as mother of Paul , mother- in- law of Peggy, and grandmother of Ross and Katie. But I always felt her warmth. The last time I saw her she was working at St. David’s about 10 years ago when I was recovering from hip surgery and it was so comforting to see her familiar face.

Bruce Buchanan

11 November 2019

I remember Betty as a kind and gracious woman. I enjoyed the times spent at the house on Cloverleaf while growing up with Paul. My condolences to all the family on the loss of your mother and grandmother. I know she will be sorely missed and well remembered.

Andrew Rudiin

9 November 2019

Betty was my beautiful older cousin. As a little boy, I even got some of her hand-me-down toys. Especially memorable to me was her wind-up 78 rpm portable record player. Betty lived for as time with my mother and father in Newgulf, TX as her mother, Ellen, was getting her nurse's training. And years later, when Betty married Tom Outon, it was my father who walked her down the aisle. Our families visited often both in Beaumont and on Cloverleaf Drive in Austin. Tom Outon interested my father in bee-keeping. And Betty and Tom's first son, Paul, was named after my father. I often stayed with Betty there on Cloverleaf when in later years I visited Austin. She was always a calm and sympathetic ear, but also had a certain keen wit. I loved her very much.