Betty Lee Guthrie

Betty Lee Guthrie passed away on January 20, 2024, in Clear Lake Shores, Texas, at the age of 97, surrounded by her family.  She was born to Frankie Lee Kent and Frank Miller, Sr., on September 25, 1926, in Houston, Texas, the younger sister to Frank Miller, Jr., both raised in Houston.  She graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1942, where she was a member of the Gauchos, and was Drum and Bugle Major in 1941.

She began working for Anderson-Clayton and Company as the personal secretary of Mr. Frank Anderson.  She met the love of her life, Teddy K Guthrie, Jr., on a blind date in 1950 and they married on June 16, 1951, and resided in Houston.  Although she had enjoyed working, the focus of her life became her family.  In 1953, they moved to Clear Lake Shores, Texas, residing on the same block as her parents, and began their family.  In addition to raising four children, she enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing and crabbing, and became involved in the St. Mary’s Catholic Altar Society (in League City, Texas), the Clear Lake Shores Civic Club, and the Kemah/Clear Lake Shores Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Pumping Team.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and youngest daughter, Christina Walker.  She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Teddy Guthrie, Jr., children Elizabeth Wells and husband Pruett, Melissa McCormick, and Thomas Guthrie and wife Julie, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

A Rosary service will be held at Crowder Funeral Home, 1645 East Main Street, League City, on Thursday, February 1, with visitation beginning at 5:30 pm and the Rosary at 7:00 pm, Deacon Pete Velasquez, officiant.  The Rite of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1612 East Walker Street, League City, on Friday, February 2, at 10:00 am, Fr. John Rooney, celebrant.  The Rite of Committal will begin at 11:30 am at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dickinson, Texas.  Following the burial, a reception will be held at St. Mary’s Annunciation Hall.

Serving as pallbearers are Thomas Guthrie, Pruett Wells, Matthew McCormick, Mark McCormick, Daniel Guthrie, Stephen Wells, Michael Walker, Gabriel Walker, and John Walker.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in support of myasthenia gravis to the Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation at PO Box 4384, Houston, TX 77210-4384. To give by credit card, visit, select “Other” in the Gift Designation area, and then type in “Myasthenia Gravis.” or St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital  Condolences may be sent to Crowder Funeral Home, 1645 East Main Street, League City, Texas 77573.



  1. All of our love and prayers to the family

    Michael & Evelyn O’Dell & family
  2. I am eternally thankful to have had such a wonderful woman in my life. What a shining role model she was and left a beautiful legacy. She was a blessing to all her family and friends and will be missed terribly. My love and prayers are with the entire Guthrie family. She will never be forgotten.

    Janet White
  3. Aunt Betty led an exemplary life. She was committed heart and soul to family and devout in her faith. I have always been very proud to be “Little Betty”. After the nieces and nephews came along, she became “Big Aunt Betty” and I became “Little Aunt Betty.” She made me laugh the day she said, “I don’t know how I like that
    “BIG Aunt Betty” stuff. We had a good laugh. To Uncle Ted and all my cousins, the heartache will begin to lessen. Tears of sadness will be replaced with great stories,
    laughs and her warmth.
    Love you guys,

    Betty Butler

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