Betty Louise Taylor

Betty Louise Taylor, a longtime resident of Dickinson, Texas, passed away in her home on June 6, 2024. She was 87 years old.

Betty was born on August 4, 1936 to John Fred Flatau and Ivy May (Hylton) Flatau in Panama City, Panama, where her father owned a photography business which supplied Panama’s national postcards. She graduated from Balboa High School in 1954.

After high school, Betty graduated as valedictorian from Canal Zone Junior College during which time she met her husband of 67 years, Carroll Lynn Taylor, then a Specialist 3rd Class in the US Army, at a church dance. They married in Panama on January 19, 1957 and soon thereafter, moved to Carroll’s home state of Louisiana where they started their family. Betty continued to share the love of Panama through subsequent summer trips home. They moved to Dickinson in 1966 and joined the Dickinson First United Methodist Church.

Family was Betty’s vocation in life and she enjoyed her role as a loving mom and Mimi. Throughout her life she held many different titles as her children and grandchildren grew: classroom mother, field trip chaperone, team mom, band chaperone, and No. 1 Fan of every sport and activity in which her children and grandchildren participated. Many hours at the baseball field instilled in her a lifelong love of the sport and she could often be found cheering on her Houston Astros.

She touched many lives in Dickinson, embracing her children’s friends and welcoming them into her home. As her children became more independent, Betty worked outside the home, building a Home Interiors business which combined her love of decorating and community. Her circle of friends grew over the years and, yet, she had the wonderful ability of keeping in touch with each of them, even when time and distance kept them apart.

Betty was a loving wife as well as a nurturing mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Rudy Flatau; her sister-in-law, Judy Taylor Blair; and three of her grandchildren: Emma Louise, Abigail Marie, and Kirby Michael Taylor.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband and lifelong partner Carroll; her children: Kevin Andrew Taylor and wife Diane; Keith Allen Taylor and wife Gina; Karen Taylor Glowczwski and husband Alan; her sister, Patsy Flatau Ambrogio, sister-in-law, Marla Hammer Flatau, brothers-in-law, Bill Blair,  Butch Taylor and wife Lyn; grandchildren: Travis Ryman (Kara), Justin Glowczwski (Ashley Budd), Kara Glowczwski Grimes (Allen), Kyle Taylor, Helen Frierson Taylor, Kristen Taylor, Amanda Taylor Hill (Wesley), Seth Taylor, Angel Shatto, Gabby and Jazmyne Fish; great-grandchildren: Macy Grace and Anna Faith Grimes, Eloise Kirby Taylor; and a large group of extended family and friends.

Betty’s life will be celebrated with a family service. Memorial contributions may be made to Dickinson First United Methodist Church.


  1. Very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. Such a nice lady.

    Becky Derbonne’
  2. Such great memories of our families sharing life in Dickinson.

    Jackson Family
  3. Condolences to the Taylor family on your loss…while I didn’t know Betty…I knew her father and mother back in late 70s and 80s. The Flatau’s were members of the Lutheran church I attended….they were such a kindly couple…I bartered with Mr Flatau some yardwork for his skill at translating some old letters from my family who had immigrated from Germany. I was just excited to know what the letters contained as Mr. Flatau was at using his talent at translating…I still have those letters…and look at them often…when I do I think about Mr and Mrs Flatau…In Betty’s photo…I can see her parents through her eyes. Coincidental…I married a young lady who also attended the Balboa school system…her family lived in Panama during the time the new airport was being built. May our Lord comfort your family and shower each of you with His Peace as you celebrate and give thanks for the life of Betty.

    Craig Gabriel
  4. I’m sorry to hear this. All my condolences to the family. C.T. take care and best wishes for you and your family.

    Ed Gilmore
  5. What a beautiful precious soul. She made me feel special each time I saw her. She raised a wonderful family and she’ll be dearly missed. May she rest in eternal peace.

    Sharon & Paul Hardilek
  6. Michael and I are so sorry to hear of Mrs Taylor passing. She was a beautiful kind woman who will be missed. God bless and keep you- love y’all ❤️

    Diane Mackey

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