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Osgerby, Betty Joan

October 19, 1931 –
 October 14, 2021


Betty Joan Osgerby of Plano, Texas, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2021, after a brief illness. The world lost a beautiful, bright, and deeply caring soul.

Betty was born in Flint, Michigan on October 19, 1931 to the late John McKie Duncan and Susan (Seaton) Duncan.  The family moved to Saginaw when she was three and later to Caro, Michigan. Betty’s best subject in school was English.  She had a talent for writing and her ambition was to be a teacher. She taught for one year after receiving a teaching certificate from Michigan State University where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. 

Betty met her future husband Bob on Thanksgiving weekend in 1950 and they were married in Caro on Thanksgiving weekend of 1952. It was Bob’s career that led them to Richardson, Texas where they raised their four children.

In addition to raising her family, Betty had a 28-year career in various administrative roles at UT Dallas.  After retirement, Betty and Bob enjoyed traveling the world.  Betty’s favorite trips were the many cruises they took to Alaska, the Caribbean and Scandinavia.  Betty also was very proud of her Scottish heritage and took several trips with friends and family to the highlands of Scotland. She and Bob also spent many summers at their cherished cottage in northern Michigan.

Betty loved all dogs great and small, reading, knitting and doing the NY Times crossword puzzle daily.  She rarely left one unfinished.  But the most important thing was her family. Her commitment to her husband of sixty-nine years, her children, grandchildren and sister was unwavering.  She was always loving and supportive.  She will be remembered for her sincerity, kindness and wonderful sense of humor.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and son Randy Osgerby. She is survived by her husband Robert (Oz) Osgerby; sister Judy McIntosh; children Cathy Belaire (Osgerby) and husband Kent Belaire, Karen McCarty (Osgerby) and husband Greg McCarty and John Osgerby; daughter-in-law Patricia Osgerby; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, seven granddogs, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the ER and ICU staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, details of the memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider a donation to The Nature Conservancy.


Death is nothing at all.  I have only

slipped away into the next room.  Whatever

we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by my old familiar name, speak to

me in the easy way which you always have.

Laugh as we always laughed at the

little jokes we enjoyed together.  Play,

smile, think of me, pray for me.  Let my

name be the household word that it always

was.  Let it be spoken without effort.  Life

means all that it ever meant.  It is the

same as it ever was; there is absolutely

unbroken continuity.  Why should I be out of

your mind because I am out of your sight?

I am but waiting for you, for an interval,

somewhere very near just around the corner.

All is well.  Nothing is past; nothing is

lost.  One brief moment and all will be as

it was before, only better, infinitely

happier and forever, we will all be one

together with Christ.

Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

5 Thoughts on Osgerby, Betty Joan
    Marsha Aaron
    22 Oct 2021

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Betty was such a sweet person and had a great sense of humor. She will be missed

    Adelade Dube
    22 Oct 2021

    Betty will remain in our hearts forever. It was such a blessing getting to know her. Her Selfless character exemplified what it means to love and to sacrifice. May her dear soul rest in peace. Comfort to the Family

    Verlie Throckmorton
    23 Oct 2021

    Betty was a dear and gentle friend, and a “lady.” I remember with fondness times together with her, Bob, Libby Hodge and my sweet Glenda. We had a fun trip to London and laughed together about that trip for many years. So sorry for your(and our) loss!

    Lewis Dauria
    23 Oct 2021

    Prayers for the family’s healing . The world was a better place because of your mom.
    Your neighbor for 30 yrs.

    Nick and Ann Nichols
    23 Oct 2021

    Prayers and love for the family and especially Bob. We have many great memories of you all. Nick and Ann Nichols

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