Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX


Betty Ann Stedman

June 2, 1933July 26, 2020

Betty Ann West Stedman died in Houston on Sunday, the 26th of July 2020, of Covid-19. She was 87 years of age. She was born on the 2nd of June 1933. She was a lifelong Houstonian—born, raised, lived, and died in Houston.

Betty Ann attended St. John’s School in Houston where she was a member of the first graduating class. She went on to attend The University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Plan II and was a member of the Phi Beta Phi sorority. Involved in the family business since the 1990s, Betty Ann was the Chairman of the Board of Stedman West Interests, Inc. Over the years she supported and championed several important reorganization efforts that transformed the Stedman West family business into what it is today. Betty Ann also served as a trustee of the Stedman West Foundation and focused her charitable interests on the Menninger Clinic in Houston, an organization she held in high esteem. She was also a major annual supporter of the 4H auction in Carrizo Springs, Texas, the location of one of the family ranches.

She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Wesley and Neva West. She is survived by her son, Stuart W. Stedman and his wife Eliza, her daughter Lynn Stedman Meagher and her husband Rod, and her daughter Clare and her partner Vicki Behl; and her brother, James Wendell West of Los Angeles. She is also survived by her four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: Courtney Meagher Breaux and her husband Ross, and their two children, Chloe Lynn Pool and Ella Grace Pool; and her grandson Evan Everett Meagher; her grandson Wesley West Stedman; and her grandson Stuart W. Stedman, Jr. Betty Ann’s family would like to thank her housekeeper, Mrytle Braggs, for the care and support she gave her over decades.

Betty Ann was fun, engaging, smart, and lively. Although she enjoyed people and seeing her family in particular, she above all cherished her alone time. So when the coronavirus lockdown occurred in the spring, she did not have to alter her lifestyle much to avoid exposure to the virus. We thought she was as safe as any one. But as fate would have it, she contracted Covid-19 in a doctor’s office in late June and spent a month fighting the disease.

The family will have a private burial service for Betty Ann at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, and for those who wish to honor her memory, the family requests with gratitude that you please consider a donation to The Menninger Clinic in Houston, 12301 S Main St, Houston, TX 77035, or by selecting the direct link below.


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Becky McDuffee

August 3, 2020

Betty Ann was one of the most generous and gracious women I have had the privilege to know. I always appreciated the time she took to personally write hand written notes to us. I have kept many of them and will cherish them. Stuart, Lynne and Clare, I am truly sorry for your loss.

BJ Bertrand

August 2, 2020

I retired from Stedman West Interest, Inc. in 2015. I would see Betty in passing when she was in the office for meetings along with other family members and I encountered Myrtle very often there.
Each Valentines Day and Christmas Betty would bless everyone in the office with a generous gift of the BEST chocolates I had ever tasted. She would include a personal card with each gift.
I am sure she will be missed by her family and a host of lifelong friends, charity members, and business associates.
My deepest and most heartfelt condolences, I extend to all of them in this difficult time.
God’s blessings of peace be with you all.🙏
BJ Bertrand

Jessalyn Giacona

July 30, 2020

Clare and Vicki,

We are all so terribly sorry to hear about your loss. Please know we send our deepest and most sincere condolences in this difficult time.

Big hugs,
Your friends at APA!

Reese Wilson

July 30, 2020

Thank you so much for everything Nana, you mean the world to me, rian, my mother and grandma. I love you so much and miss you even more. Thank you for everything you did for my grandma, she appreciates it so much.
And to the Stedman family, thank you all so much for letting my grandma and my family into y’all’s life, remember we are also here no matter what.
Until we meet again Nana ❤️
Much love, Reese Wilson

Sally DeWalch

July 30, 2020

What fond memories I have of our days at St.John’s. Betty Ann was always such a dear, unassuming, thoughtful friend. My love to you all. God Bless

Lynn Meagher

July 30, 2020

Well mom, I feel as though I lost one of my friends who happened to be my Mom.
I was driving around RO today ( in your car) thinking about how you were my last connection to Houston (except for family meetings, and you know how much I love to sit that long!). It was a sad feeling , a life long connection of love and happiness gone.

I want to thank you for all you did for me . In my adult life you took in All of my extended family and friends and treaded each one of them like they were your family. That meant the world to me. Thank you.

You had the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever known. That heart and whole person will be truly missed by me each day.

I will always love you with my whole heart forever and always.


Steven Schneider

July 30, 2020

My condolences and prayers to the West,Stedman family.

Robert Chambers

July 29, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Betty Ann. She and my sister, Celeste, were great friends. My mother and dad and I
thought the world of the entire West family.

Bob and Dona Chambers

Simon Sikora

July 29, 2020

I have many wonderful memories of Betty Ann. She was kind and caring with a great sense of humor. I felt honored to know her and felt like I knew her family as she would keep me updated on her Mother, Grandchildren and children events through the years. She brought a sense of regal brightness to the salon when she came in that I won't forget. We had people from the past in common, my cousin Betty Joyce and Charles Davis of Wharton.

David W. Ellis

July 29, 2020

Dear Betty Ann,
So sorry to hear this news. You are truly an angel now just like you were on earth. I will miss our great conversations about everything under the sun , and Sinatra! The laughs that we shared are always a sweet memory for me. You are truly one of the most thoughtful, sweet, kind , funny women around. Sending everyone Thoughts, Prayers, Love , and Positive Energy. My deepest sympathies and condolences .


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