Betty Ann Frnka

April 8, 1932April 14, 2018
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Betty Ann Frnka, age 86, passed away on April 14, 2018, in Round Rock, Texas. She was born on April 8, 1932, in Bazette, Texas, to parents, George Washington Martin and Myrtle Estelle Redford. She graduated from Grand Prairie High School and then moved to Dallas where she briefly worked for South Central Bell as a telephone operator. She later married Robert Lamar Frnka and became a loving and devoted mother to her two daughters.

Throughout her life, Betty was a socially active woman who was involved in many activities, such as community theater, ballroom dancing, newcomer’s associations, as well as several charitable endeavors. She also enjoyed spending time with her many friends and family, who will always remember Betty for her youthful spirit and vivacious personality. For, many of her friends claimed she never met a stranger.

Betty is survived by her husband of 53 years Robert L. Frnka, daughters Tricia La Fontaine (Edward) and Michele Wood and her grandchildren Leanne Lanier (Jeremy), Gabrielle La Fontaine and Joshua La Fontaine and her great-grandchildren Hailey, Travis, and Hannah Wood, Trevor and Levia Evans, and Nelia Lanier.

A memorial to celebrate Betty’s life is scheduled for April 21, 2018, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, located at 6100 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78752. The visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. followed by the service at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, people are welcome to make a donation in Betty’s memory to Angel’s a Foot at Riverbend Church, Attn: Aaron Foor, 4214 Capital of Texas Hwy. Austin, Texas 78746


  • Angel’s a Foot at Riverbend Church, Attn: Aaron Foor


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Porsla Duszynski

June 6, 2018

Dearest Beautiful Betty,
I admired your zest for life and spirited personality. You lived by example to meet new people, travel, put your dancing shoes on, visit dear friends and try new things regardless of your age and always put a little sparkle in your life especially when it comes to your wardrobe.
If I were to write a timeline of my life you would be in every decade since I was born. That is nearly 50 years. I thought of you as family because family doesn't mean sharing the same DNA. You would always say,"Porsla you are family." I will always treasure our long talks, your sincerity concern for my mother and I and knowing you loved me and prayed my life be a happy journey. There is never enough time with someone you share a special, special bond and Love dearly.
I wrote your name on a piece of paper, but by accident, I threw it away. I wrote your name in the sky, but the wind blew it away. I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves washed it away. I wrote your name in my heart, and forever it will remain!
Beautiful Betty, keep dancing in the clouds so rainbows can appear. Until we meet again
In the Sweet By and By.
I Love You.

Mary Prater Smith

May 22, 2018

Miss Betty, I hear your voice in the early morning hours. Thank you for helping us through the difficult times with your strength and compassion. Your devotion to your family and dedication to your marriage are great examples of the “elect lady” in Proverbs 31. I pray for the family and that they take solace in each other. You brought joy to my life. “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you!” Until we meet again, my cherished friend.
Mary Prater Smith

Judith Drake

April 30, 2018

My dearest Aunt Betty a beautiful woman from the inside out and Angel on My Shoulder she would always tell me and I would reply Aunt Betty I have always felt that way I feel your spirit within me and always will Aunt Betty often shared her daily devotions with me and prayed for all of her family and friends to be healthy and happy growing up I thought she was So Glamorous like a movie star always little did she know her daughter Michelle and I would sneak into her closet and play dress-up high heels included every chance we got Robert Tricia and all of her grandchildren were yet to come but when they did it was a joyous extension of her life over the years I would often ask her Aunt Betty what is the secret to how long you and Robert have been married 53 years in fact she would sometimes shrug her shoulder or smile and give me a wink other times she would just keep her secret to herself I can see her smiling now always and forever in my heart and on my shoulder Judy Drake

Jeannie and Stanly Godbold

April 28, 2018

Betty was a very dear friend of ours for many years. We had such good times with her and Robert in Europe and in Starkville. We send love and deepest sympathy to all those who grieve for her. We look forward to more good times with Robert.

Michelle Wood

April 25, 2018

My beloved mother was my best friend who was always there for me through laughs, tears, joy and sorrow. She will be missed beyond measure. The following poem is what I think she would want from me and I will honor her by taking the message to heart.

You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she’s gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she’d want:
open your eyes,
and go on.
Author Unknown

Tricia LaFontaine

April 25, 2018

I am so blessed to have had such an amazing mother. She was one of a kind. When I think of my mother, I just picture her big, gorgeous, expressive, brown eyes and her flawless complexion. When she dressed for a special event, she epitomized the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood starlet. But, there was not one pretentious bone in her body. Just as beautiful as she was on the outside she was more beautiful on the inside. My mother was one of the most genuine people you could ever meet. God’s light always shined brightly within her. For, her heart was filled with so much love for her family and friends.

Growing up, my mother was selflessly devoted to her family. She was always there for me, either dispensing advice ( which was not always heeded) or just providing a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. She helped mend many of my broken hearts. Her encouragement, faith, and belief in me were unwavering. As I grew older, if ever I needed her, she and my dad would just hop into the suburban and make the journey to Mandeville. I will always be grateful for the love and support she provided during my son’s illness.

My mother was blessed with many talents, but her greatest gift was her ability to connect with people, which just came so naturally for her. She had a way of making everyone around her feel so special. The bonds she formed with those she loved were unbreakable. My mother will always be an inspiration to me to embrace what is truly important in life and to live life to the fullest.

Angels were of great significance to my mother. During one of our last conversations, she reiterated that she wanted to be a guardian angel. I truly believe that she is now one of God’s heavenly angels watching over us all. I will love always love and miss my mother dearly, and I will cherish the beautiful memories of her until we are reunited again.

Michele Spennato

April 24, 2018

My life is truly blessed to have had Betty Frnka enrich it with her pure spirit and engaging nature. We enjoyed many plays, lunches and profound conversations over the years. She was my biggest champion regarding my Biomagnetism Therapy business, always willing to have me practice my craft on her while we discussed the Big Life Questions. She made me feel like I was the most important person in the world each moment we spent time together and I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling that way. I will miss making ancho- fudge pie for Betty; her eyes would light up and she would smile in childlike delight. It was really the only thing I saw her enjoy eating! If it wasn't sweet why bother?

Michele and Tricia, Betty spoke of you and your families so often. Her family meant everything to her. She included me in her concerns as my surrogate mother and I welcomed her love for me as a daughter as I loved her in return. I pray your grieving over time will be replaced with smiles and warm remembrance of loving moments and laughter.

Robert, Betty felt so cherished and protected by you. She was so proud of your accomplishments and abilities and marveled how you cared for her and your family. You are in my prayers.

I was saddened that Nick and I had to be out of town and could not attend the service but I am grateful that we were able to visit Betty the night before she passed so I could hold her hand. I know she heard me talk to her and hears me still. And I take comfort in that.

Gene Broadwater

April 24, 2018

In the midst of my grief, I faced the daunting task of wanting to tell the memories that I had with an extraordinary person, Betty Frnka, my best friend. However. at her funeral it just would have been too difficult for me since I knew all I would do is cry and that would have been something I just did not want to happen. I feel an obligation to her to tell people how deeply that I cared and loved for this wonderful and loving human being. Also I know how much she cared about me. She was absolutely the sweetest kindest caring person that I have ever met in my entire life. Betty taught me a lot about being a good person and friend. I always tried to live up to her example. She was funny, motivated, thoughtful and caring. She helped me overcome a lot of tears and losses throughout my life and I know that it will be extremely difficult not having her around. The two of us danced together for almost two decades. She so loved to dance and once at a competition she won a top student award and she was just thrilled about it. I was so proud of her...If Betty was here today she wouldn’t want us to be sad. She would want us to cherish all of the great memories we had with her and not dwell on the loss. Betty, thank you for your wonderful friendship and being there for me all of these years, I will miss you forever. I love you Betty Frnka.....Now you can dance with the angels.....

Jo Leoti Prater

April 23, 2018

Dearest Michelle and family,
I am so sad to learn of your Mother’s passing. I am sorry that my health prevented our traveling to Austin to be with you at this time. I am praying for you and ask you to focus on all those wonderful stories she shared. The brunch we shared with her was delightful. She was witty, compassionate, always graceful, and her love for her family foremost on her mind. I enjoyed visiting with someone close to my own age. She is at peace now. Don’t forget that we are here for you. I am holding your hand. She truly was a classy member of the “Greatest Generation. “ Please extend my condolences to your Father, sister and extended family for me.
Sincerely, Jo Leoti Prater

Juliana Wood

April 22, 2018

Sending love and prayers of comfort to you all. Betty always made me feel included in the family and for that I am eternally grateful. The absence of her light will be felt by everyone but I know we will see her and feel her sweet spirit again. Love and God’s blessings to you all. 💗