Betty Afton Vilven

March 15, 1942July 5, 2018
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Betty Afton Vilven, beloved wife, mother and grandmother went to the Lord on Thursday, July 5, 2018 surrounded by her family. Betty was born in Orange, Texas on March 15, 1942 to Wilson and Virginia Garrett. She grew up in Itasca, Texas where she cheered and graduated valedictorian of her high school class. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics at the University of Texas where she met Dick Vilven, to whom she was married for over 54 years.

Betty took great pride in her role as a teacher spending the majority of her 20 plus year career with the Plano Independent School District where she was respected and loved by her students. A devout United Methodist, Betty dedicated much of her time and energy to Westshore United Methodist in Richardson followed by First United Methodist Church Plano where she played active roles in a variety of ministries. Betty was the loving mother of Richard and Garrett and their wives Susan and Sandy. Perhaps one of Betty's greatest roles was that of grandmother to her five grandchildren. She could be found on the sidelines of games, the audience of activities or as the always willing sitter usually with fresh baked cookies. Betty will be welcomed to heaven by her parents Wilson and Virginia Garrett and will be remembered by her husband Dick; sons, Richard (Susan) and Garrett (Sandy)Vilven; grandchildren Blake, Conrad, Garrett, Dean and Fiona Vilven; brother Jenks Garrett (Denise), sisters Patricia Dumas and Lindy Sewell (Stan); nephew Blake Dumas (Keri); nieces Lisa Farhat (David), Amanda Taylor (Scott), and Kate Garrett.

Visitation is at Ted Dickey Funeral Home , 2128 18th St, Plano, TX 75074, from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11. A Service of Celebration for Betty Vilven will be held on Thursday, July 12 at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary of at First United Methodist Church Plano .

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Methodist Children's Home where Betty served on the board for many years or to FUMC Plano's General Endowment Fund at


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, July 23, 2018

Betty Afton Vilven

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Dollie Ryon Sanders Maughlin

July 17, 2018

Betty and I were roommates at the University Of Texas at Austin for two years. We both majored in Home Economics. She was always so cheerful and happy.
A memory I have is:
I had loaned a guy I had been dating (but was not planning to marry) my car for part of a day. I was in my car alone later that day & opened the glove compartment. To my amazement there was a diamond ring. I ran upstairs to tell Betty. Instead of counseling me about what I should do that night, she ran downstairs to try it on. She was always laughing. By the way I talked him into returning the ring to the jewelry store the next day.
She was so in love with Dick from the day they met.
So sorry we did not visit more these past few years.

Donna Morris

July 15, 2018

It was my privilege to teach Home Economics in PISD for many years with Betty! My greatest memory is that sparking smile and ready laughter! What a blessing she was to all of us!

Karen Turner

July 11, 2018

Blessings for all who love Betty. She was so loved. We will all miss her feisty spirit and kind heart.