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Elizabeth Amelia "Bettye" Martin Arsers
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Birth: Oct. 2, 1912
Death: Dec. 25, 2010

Elizabeth "Bettye" A. (Martin) Arsers, age of 98, died on Christmas Day. Bettye was born on October 2, 1915 in Philadelphia, PA. to Dr. Charles Jeremiah Martin and Blanche Elizabeth Race Martin. Thereafter, Dr. Martin moved his family, first to serve the gold & silver mining town of Las Vegas, and then to The Presidio and the Army's Letterman Hospital, in San Francisco, treating returning W.W. I military. Following the war, the family moved to Libby, Montana. There Dr. Martin spent the remaining years of his medical career tending to the needs of families associated with area lumber and mining activities. Over the years, the doctor's family grew to six children with Bettye the eldest. In her teens, Bettye developed an interest in dance, especially ballet. After high school graduation, she attended a performing arts school in Kansas City, MO, followed by further training in Chicago where she studied piano, singing, ballet, and tap dancing. She joined a tap dancing act that toured night clubs around the Midwest. One night her troop were on the same bill with a dance band under the leadership of Pat Arsers. Within a few months Bettye and Pat were married in Chicago and she became the singer with his band as they continued to travel all over the Midwest nightclub circuit. As World War II ended, and with it the "Big Band" sound, Bettye attended secretarial classes and put Pat, who already had a degree in music, through a teacher training program for high school band instruction. Upon arriving in Texas, Bettye learned baton twirling from a friend. Bettye was soon devising snappy twirling and dance half-time programs for Pat's Alamo Heights High School band. Bettye also gave lessons in twirling and ran summer twirling schools at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. Pat died of cancer in 1979. Bettye and her husband Pat were founding members of the First Unitarian Universal Church of San Antonio where Bettye served as church secretary for some 30 years. Bettye is survived by one son, Patrick Linton Arsers, daughter-in-law Virginia Dunlap Arsers and one grandson, Michael Martin Arsers. She is buried in Sunset Memorial Cemetery. She will be sorely missed by her many friends. 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Jeremiah Martin (1887 - 1967)
  Blanche Elizabeth Race Martin (1885 - 1972)
 
 Spouse:
  Earl Owen Arsers (1905 - 1978)*
 
 Sibling:
  Elizabeth Amelia Martin Arsers (1912 - 2010)
  Harold Hugh Martin (1918 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sunset Memorial Park
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Nancy Leshikar Hébert
Record added: Dec 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63395269
Elizabeth Amelia Bettye <i>Martin</i> Arsers
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Elizabeth Amelia Bettye <i>Martin</i> Arsers
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Elizabeth Amelia Bettye <i>Martin</i> Arsers
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- Nancy Leshikar Hébert
 Added: Aug. 10, 2011

- Nancy Leshikar Hébert
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