Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

January 23, 2013

Betty Isaacks Speed


Betty Isaacks Speed died peacefully in her Joshua home on Jan. 18, 2013. She was 81.

Born Betty Lou Root in Glenwood Springs, Colo., on April 21, 1931, Betty also lived in South Dakota and California before coming to Texas and graduating from Mary Hardin-Baylor College in 1951. She was teaching in Corpus Christi when she met and married Clyde Isaacks in 1953. The young family grew with the birth of Bruce in 1955 and Lynne in 1958 before moving to Joshua in 1960 to live near Clyde’s parents. Their third child, Tim, was born in 1961.

Betty and Clyde were members of the First Christian churches of Corpus Christi and Cleburne before becoming founding members of First Christian Church of Burleson. After Clyde’s death in 1970, Betty continued teaching at Joshua Elementary. She married Tommy Speed in 1977 and moved to Lake Jackson, where she continued her teaching career at A.P. Beutel Elementary until she retired in 1987.

Betty and Tommy got into the RV life and trailered throughout the U.S. and Canada for nearly 20 years with friends, family members, or frequently just taking off by themselves for sometimes weeks at a time. The couple also square-danced and gardened when Betty wasn’t oil painting or sewing or cooking up another delicious meal. They were longtime members of First Christian Church of Lake Jackson.

Following Tommy’s death in 2003, Betty remained in Lake Jackson for several more years before moving back to her old home in Joshua. Everyone who knew Betty appreciated her wisdom, her keen sense of humor and zest for life.

She is survived by her step-mother, Louise Root; two brothers, Roger Root and David Root, all of South Dakota; one sister, Wanda Carlquist of Colorado; a step-son, Richard Speed of Brazoria; three children; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is pending.