Betty Jane Marks Nellius

May 30, 1925 - July 13, 2021

Betty Jane Marks Nellius went to live with the Lord on July 13, 2021.

Welcoming her will be her parents, Abram B. and Elizabeth Miles Marks; husband, Martin F. Nellius; brother, William Miles Marks; and sister-in-law, Margaret Jean Woods Marks.

Betty was born on May 30, 1925, in Beaumont, Texas, and lived a joyous, happy and creative life for 96 years.  Whether you called her Mrs. Nellius, Momma, G-Betty, Gee Gee Betty, Betty Boop, or just plain Betty, if you ever met her you remembered her smile, outgoing ways, positive attitude and Christian faith.

Betty Jane was educated in Beaumont schools. She enjoyed many school activities, from leading the first grade “Baby Band” to performing the lead role in the Senior Class Play as Elizabeth Barrett. Betty then decided to further her education by joining friends at Baylor University for 2 years. When the war forced the Baylor University Art Department to close, she transferred to the University of Texas, where she led her sorority Zeta Tau Alpha’s chorus in Song Fest, wrote and performed a one act musical for the University Sing Song, and was awarded the Outstanding Member Trophy.

In 1948, she married Dr. Martin F. Nellius, Jr. of Woodville, Texas. He practiced dentistry in Beaumont but involved his family in his true love: hunting and fishing.

Later, after earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Texas, Betty earned her Teacher’s Certificate at Lamar University. She taught art classes at Vidor High School for 12 years, where her students won numerous awards.

In her home studio, Betty taught many local high school students for numerous years. She conducted two student tours to Europe before beginning a picture-framing business: Beaux-Arts of Beaumont.

Many civic organizations also claimed her time. In her younger years, Betty Jane was the President of the Southeast Texas Dental Auxiliary, a docent of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, and a very active member of The Junior League of Beaumont.

Her family life was centered around Calder Baptist Church, where she became a Charter Member in 1947. As the church began to grow, Betty taught Sunday School to Elementary, Junior High, High School and College Students, as well as young married couples for thirty years. In recent years she was a co-teacher of an Adult Women’s Sunday School Class. Previously, she served as WMU (Women’s Missionary Union) President, and chairwoman of the Historical Committee for 65 years.

After the death of her husband, Betty moved to Calder Woods Retirement Community in Beaumont, Texas, where she lived for 5 years. In 2015, she moved to Buckner Villas Retirement Community in Austin, Texas. In 2020, Betty moved to Georgetown’s Legacy Assisted Living where she lived until her death after wonderful care at Fairway Vista in Round Rock, Texas, on July 13, 2021.

Her family consists of daughter, Nancy Elizabeth Nellius Stine and husband, Bob Stine of Georgetown, Texas; their three daughters, Stephanie and husband, Jay Mitchell; and children, Ellie, Jenna, Haley, and Jace of Austin, Texas; Merrick and husband, Jake Posey; and children, Cole, Molly, Whitman, and Madeline of Georgetown, Texas; and Amy and husband, Anthony Bruster and children Allie, Andrew, and Ames of Southlake, Texas; and son, Martin F. Nellius III of Arlington, Texas.

A gathering of Mrs. Nellius’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at Calder Baptist Church, 1005 North 11th Street, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Scholarship Fund at Calder Baptist Church, 1005 North 11th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77702 or Fairway Vista Assisted Living and Hospice Care, 1019 Hidden View Place, Round Rock, Texas 78665.

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Funeral Service

Funeral Service
  • 1005 north 11th street beaumont tx 77702
  • 07/21/2021
  • 11:00 am

Gathering of Family and Friends

Gathering of Family and Friends
  • 1605 n. major drive beaumont tx 77713
  • 07/20/2021
  • 4:53 am

Comments (1)

    Penny L Prater says:

    My parents met Mrs. Nellius on a bus to Branson, Missouri some years ago. They found her dignified, pleasant and outgoing. I’m sorry to hear of her passing.

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Wesley callaway

Know her from Calder Baptist, such a happy, positive person, who loved all people. She was an asset to Calder Baptist and a hard worker, who contributed so much to everyone and every thing.

Gina Gutierrez

I worked at Calder Baptist Church as an Administrative Secretary and remember Mrs. Nellius as such a classy and sweet lady. May she rest in peace. Prayers to all of her family.

Sandra Womack

Ms. Nellius taught art when I was in high school. While I was never in her class many of my friends were. She was a dedicated teacher who loved her students. Prayers to the family.

Jo Fuller

I never have a photo taken of me that I don’t put my weight on my back foot and stand up straight, Betty’s go-to directive! I loved her so! ❤️❤️❤️

Nancy M Hale

My prayers go out to the family of Betty Nellius. She was definitely one of a kind. When I was teaching music at Regina Howell, she helped with the scenery for several of the musicals my students performed. She was talented, smart, and willing to share her talents with others. She will be greatly missed.

Melissa Bech

She was such a sweet and lively person, always very kind to me and to my mother, Lucy Bech. God rest her soul.

Amy (DeVaudreuil) Tolbert-Faggard

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Nellius. She was my High School Art Teacher at Vidor High School and one of my favorite Teachers, ever. Art was my passion and I wanted to learn to paint well. She helped to guide me in that direction, even more. .She was an inspirational, encouraging, and motivating factor in my life. Because of her and her quest to help me receive a small Art scholarship to LU I went on to earn a BS and Master of Art in Visual Arts. She always had so much energy, positivity, and love for her students. She pushed us to explore different mediums and try different techniques. We saw many slideshows of artists and their work. In my youth those weren't my favorite days in class. However, she knew we would recognize that learning experience later, for what it was, to broaden our horizons, learn Art History, and realize the influences that make us create what we create. She will always be in my heart. My heartfelt condolences go out to the Nellius Family. You will be missed, Mrs. Nellius !!!

john watson

I’ve known the family for many years. I am sorry to hear about her passing. She was a lovely lady who lived a wonderful life. She will be missed by many.

Shilpa Patel

Betty, you are so so missed! You always asked why God kept you around for so long. I think I know the answer as you are such an inspiration to so many - young and old. I hope you are enjoying your wings and continue to look after and guide all those you touched. I miss you very much. :) Love, Shilpa

Emeline Auzenne

Marty. I am sorry to hear of your sweet mother's passing. I pray for God's comfort for you and your family.

Doug Oldbury

She will always hold a special place in my heart

Carolyn Holly

Well, I literally gasped when her face appeared in the Broussard obituaries!! We are familiar with the saying, “to know her is to love her.” But I must say about “Aunt Betty,” affectionately known by my family....”to know her was to “ADORE,” her.. She was the best at everything she did:: mother, wife, friend, neighbor, teacher, Christian. Not only the best, but genuine, real because she invested her whole heart. I bless your memory, Betty and honor your legacy by emulating the very best of you in my own life. You left a legacy unequalled in many ways; thus you will be missed and you will be remembered. The Larry, Carolyn, Carrie, & Richmond,Holly, Sam, Beau, Hannah, Holly & Elizabeth McMann family. (Back door neighbors)

Polly Shackelford

Our Lord was elated to receive my sweet friend Betty into eternal happiness with him . She was what all of us could only hope to be as our Lords servant in the Life she led, along with her wonderful husband Martin. God Bless you.