Dateline: October 4, 2001
graveside ceremony for Betty Lewis Slick Young Bourland will be held at
Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon on Saturday, October 6 at 5:00 p.m.
Bourland was born in 1917 in Dallas and died on September 25, 2001, at her
home. However, it was her
summers on the family RO Ranch near Clarendon which shaped the rest of her
life. Her ranch summers were
spent on horseback, picnicking by the Salt Fork of the Red River, swimming
in the spring, and above all, learning the ranch business by osmosis,
stuck to her father, W.J. Lewis, every day he went to the ranch.
her father died in 1960, Betty, with her sister, Anne, sold some parcels
of ranchland, sold some of the breeding herd, and took on debt to pay the
inheritance taxes and kept the core of the ranch.
she decided accounting firms didnít know enough about ranching business
to keep the books properly, she went back to school and learned to keep
her own ranch books. Ten
years ago she put a plan into effect to transfer the ranch intact to her
children and grandchildren. Inheritance
taxes were not going to diminish the ranch a second time.
years ago, Betty reached back to her teenage years and found George
Bourland, her sweetheart before his naval career and World War II
separated them. Her marriage
to George was a comfort and a closing of a ranch bounded life.
is survived by her husband, George Bourland, originally of Clarendon and
now of Dallas; her sister, Anne Lewis David of Houston; her children,
William Slick of Las Vegas, NM; John S. Young, Jr. of Seattle, WA; Anne
Young Shelton of Clarendon; and Susan Young Levanas of Dallas; her
grandchildren, Erin, Tara, Dave, John, James, and Will; and her great
grandchild, Sean Michael.
Memorials may be made in her name to St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, PO Box 1078, Clarendon, Texas 79226.
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