Betty Ann (Simon) Dietz

December 26, 1926 ~ June 25, 2019 (age 92)

Betty Ann Simon Dietz was born on December 26, 1926 in Randall County, Texas, to Anton Henry and Anna Eva Simon. She graduated from Canyon High School in 1944. Betty married John Henry Dietz on August 8, 1944 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Umbarger, TX. Betty was a photography specialist for several years at Palo Duro Studios in Amarillo, TX. She was also a retail salesperson for Thompson's Gifts of Canyon, TX. Betty was a longtime parishioner of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Canyon where she served in several ministries. After moving to Portland, TX in 2013, she was a parishioner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Betty and her husband John were chosen Texan Legend by the Texas Parks and Recreation Department for their volunteer work in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, two sisters and two daughters, Janet Dietz and Charlotte Knight. She is survived by her son, John and wife, Anne, of Portland, TX; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.


Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM on Monday July 1, 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Tuesday July 2, 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Portland. Burial will be at a later date.


In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Partners in Palo Duro State Park, 11450 Park Road 5, Canyon, TX 79015 and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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