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Betty L. Newsom

April 24, 1930 — August 24, 2022

After a lifetime of grand adventures, on August 24, 2022, Betty Lou Newsom, 92, embarked on the greatest adventure of all as she passed peacefully through the Kingdom of Heaven and into the hands of God.

Betty was a second generation El Pasoan. Her great grandmother Marie Quesnel brought her family to El Paso in 1903 from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Marie’s daughter Blanche married

Ernest Emerson and became the mother of Lucille. Betty was born to Lucille and Louie Ratliff in El Paso April 24, 1930. She attended St. Joseph’s School, graduated from Austin High School, married Harold Newsom in 1948.

Betty and Harold were leaders in the El Paso square dance scene of the 1950s. On any Saturday night, they could be found at one of the many halls in El Paso, Harold calling the dances and Betty dancing and twirling the skirts of her beautiful square dance dresses.

As they raised their family, Harold worked as many as three jobs and Betty helped him as she kept house and took care of four children, always preparing a full balanced meal for dinner at 6 pm and always expecting the whole family to attend. The family were active in the Presbyterian church. Betty and Harold shared an interest in real estate and entered the field in the 1980s. She soon gained the title of Million Dollar Producer. In all she did, Betty was tireless, creative, and loving, a grand little lady.

Betty’s love of travel led to her greatest adventures. Stationed in Germany for five years, Harold and Betty toured Europe, the British Isles, Mediterranean countries, and Africa.

Harold went to Heaven in October, 2012; grandson Daniel Margrave in January, 2019. Betty is survived by her children Janet, Clint, Carole (Bruce Naasz), and Charlie Newsom (Elizabeth); grandchildren Cristal Margrave, Matthew Welch (Carrie), Clint Newsom III (Anne), Hayley Naasz, Dean, Maggie, and Claire (William Alberson) Newsom; great grandchild Arthur Alberson; Henry family nieces Judy Gomez, Jackie Bryan, Joyce Still, nephews Jim and Jeff Henry.

Memorial service will be 2 pm Saturday, September 10, University Presbyterian Church, 244 N Resler, El Paso, TX 79912. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the church in Betty’s name. Service will be streamed via YouTube. Go to

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