83R23759 BPG-D
  By: Bohac H.R. No. 1985
         WHEREAS, A full and generous life drew to a close with the
  passing of Dorothy Jean Bettencourt of Houston on February 20,
  2012, at the age of 83; and
         WHEREAS, Born in Houston on January 8, 1929, the former
  Dorothy Fisk was the daughter of Marcus Henry Fisk and Mary Lucye
  Fisk; her ancestors included two Mayflower passengers and an early
  Texas colonist, Joses Hobdy, who fought for independence from
  Mexico; and
         WHEREAS, She graduated from John H. Reagan High School, where
  she was a member of the Reagan RedCoats drill team; during World War
  II, when a car with sufficient gas could be found, she drove around
  with her friends and her adventurous grandmother, Carrie, looking
  for leg makeup to simulate war-rationed nylon stockings; and
         WHEREAS, Mrs. Bettencourt worked for the Tennessee Gas
  Transmission Company before her marriage to Henry "Hank"
  Bettencourt, Jr., in 1955; she became the mother of two sons, Mark
  and Paul, and made a loving home for her family in a succession of
  cities, including Los Angeles and San Marino, California, Cherry
  Hill, New Jersey, and New Orleans, Louisiana; after Mr. Bettencourt
  retired from the Shell Oil Company, they returned to Houston, and
  Mrs. Bettencourt enjoyed working for several years as a real estate
  agent for Coldwell Banker; and
         WHEREAS, In 1991, Mr. Bettencourt passed away; Mrs.
  Bettencourt maintained her friendships with friends from Shell and
  attended many gatherings of the Shell Retirees; fortunate enough to
  find love a second time, she married Eugene Clay in 1999 and they
  shared six years together before his death in 2005; and
         WHEREAS, The proud grandmother of three, Mrs. Bettencourt
  took her family on wonderful vacations and had grand times in New
  Orleans; she liked playing video poker, gin rummy, solitaire, and
  bridge, and she was always certain the next hand would be "a
  barnburner"; in addition to reading several books a week, she
  followed politics, and she relished a witty one-liner; and
         WHEREAS, Those privileged to have known Dorothy Bettencourt
  will long remember her warm and endearing ways, and she will forever
  hold a treasured place in their hearts; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Dorothy Jean
  Bettencourt and extend sincere condolences to the members of her
  family: to her sons, Mark H. Bettencourt and his wife, Sara, and
  Paul Bettencourt and his wife, Susan; to her grandchildren,
  Christina, Henry, and Michael Bettencourt; and to her other
  relatives and many friends; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for her family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Dorothy