Breckenridge Texan

Betty Brown

Betty Brown
November 01
15:18 2023

Betty Lou (Milling) Brown died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at 85 years old. Funeral services will be held at 1 .pm., Friday, November 3, at Morehart Mortuary Chapel with Mike Schmitz officiating. Interment will follow in the Breckenridge Cemetery under the direction of Morehart Mortuary.

Betty Lou Milling was born October 22, 1938, in Riesel, Texas, to Walter Albert Milling and Louise Ida (Wiebusch) Milling. She attended grade school in Riesel and graduated from Mart High School in 1957. Betty married Joe Rex Brown on June 17, 1961, in the Memorial Chapel of Austin Avenue Methodist Church in Waco, Texas. They enjoyed nearly 36 years of marriage, until his passing in April 1997.

In earlier years, Betty was a proficient homemaker, seamstress, a very good cook, cooking from scratch, and very active with her children’s activities. She was also very active during those early years with First Methodist Church and their women’s group. She was a member of Aglow in Abilene and attended many Bible study groups here in town. Betty volunteered delivering for Meals on Wheels, making sure to spend time visiting with each recipient she delivered to. She also volunteered at Villa Haven Nursing & Rehab, writing letters to friends and family dictated by residents who could no longer write themselves. Later in life, she worked for Stephens Memorial Hospital for numerous years.

Betty became a strong Christian. She loved the Lord, gave her heart to Jesus, and spent much time studying His word. Dementia may have stolen her mind and physical actions, but Betty arrived early Saturday morning, completely healed and into the arms of Jesus.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter A. Milling & Louise Ida (Wiebusch) Milling; husband, Joe Rex Brown; in-laws, John Rexford Brown & Minnie Lee (Self) Brown; sister, Edna Marie Milling; brother, Elmo James Milling; brother-in-law, James (Jim) Campbell; and nephew, Bradley Fore.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline Turner and husband Darcy; son, Patrick Brown and wife Cathy; six grandchildren, Luke Turner and wife Alyssa, Nathan Turner and wife Melanie, Caroline Turner, Michael Brown and wife Frankie, Bailey (Brown) Schmitz and husband Mike, Brandi (Brown) Whittle and husband Nathan; three great-grandchildren, Fontaine Brown, Elijah Turner and August Turner; sister, Alice Louise (Milling) Campbell; sister-in-law, Sharon (Brown) Fore; and nephews, Dennis Campbell, Gary Campbell, Greg Fore and wife Amy.

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels and may be left at Morehart Mortuary. Condolences may be made online at


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