September 9, 1943 ~ January 8, 2021

Born in: Shreveport, LA
Resided in: Bryan, Tx

Betty Katherine Kalil Arnold, 77, of Bryan TX, passed away peacefully in the loving embrace of her children and her dog by her side on January 8, 2021. 

 Betty was born September 9, 1943, to Ima Lucille Lagrone Kalil and Jimmie Kalil.  She graduated from C.E. Byrd High School in 1961 and attended Centenary College in Shreveport LA.  Her primary residences were Shreveport, LA, Farmer’s Branch, TX, Madison, MS, Allen, TX, and Bryan TX.
She was known for her amazing smile, warmth, devoted service to her organizations, and boundless energy in pursuit of hobbies and interests.  Over the past 25 years, She was a beloved leader and member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Texas First Families, and recently was inducted into the Order of the Eastern Star.  In these organizations, she served in several positions in her local chapters as well as nationally, has volunteered thousands of hours, researched/procured and assembled volumes of historical and family records, and has cherished many special friendships within these groups.  She had a career in oil and gas exploration before retiring early to have fun with her best friend and love of her life, Bobby Arnold.   They shared passions of hunting, fishing, outdoor life, crafts, cooking & entertaining, and both supported each other’s interests, passions, and families.  
Preceded by her mother Ima Lucille Lagrone Kalil and Jimmie Kalil, her husband Robert James “Bobby” Arnold, Jr, her grandson Tyler Richard Lavers, and her fur-babies Stephanie, “Bonnie” Lee, and Yellow Rosebud “Rosie” of Texas.  

Survived by her children Kelly Suzanne Copeland Lavers (Jeff) and Donald Patrick Copeland, Jr, her grandchildren Shane Thomas Lavers and Nicolette Marguerite Lavers, her step-children Robert James Arnold III, Deborah Lynn Arnold Fullen, and her fur-baby Paisley Grace.

Memorial Donations can be made to one of her historical organization above or to Healthy Smiles Healthy Children

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  1. Betty you just do not know how much I miss you. I talk about you all the time and can not still believe you have left this earth so soon. Til we meet again. Love you Lady.

    Your BFF,

    Susan C Jones.

  2. Very beautiful Lady which I thought of. She was so sweet and loving. She is missed.

    God be with you all.

    Praying for the family.

  3. You will missed by those you loved and served. Thank you for your dedication and commitment. May your passion be an inspiration to others. RIP. Joanie Cool Jackson, Missionary Ridge Chp 1777, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Chattanooga, TN

  4. I miss Betty so much. She was a great friend, and traveling partner. I miss hearing your voice for our phone conversations. I love you and good bye for now.

  5. Oh, the heavens gained a good one! Betty became a dear friend in a short and awful period of time in my life in 2019. I instantly connected with and soon loved her. Betty was a uniquely wonderful, gifted, interesting, smart, caring, and giving person. I am so so so sad that I didn’t get the chance to follow up on a promise to her. We ran out of time… I hope to see her again and make good on that promise.

  6. It was my pleasure to work with Betty in the early 80’s at Sun in Dallas. Over the years we drifted apart but I have many fond memories of her and I am sure she will be greatly missed.

  7. Worked with her at Sun Oil Company/Oryx Energy in Dallas. Condolences to the family. Betty was a warm and thoughtful person.

  8. I am a friend of Betty’s son, Don Copeland. I still can’t believe you’re gone, Betty. You were truly one of a kind and I was looking forward to spending more time with you. You were such an amazing lady and mother, and I will always hold fond memories of our time together. Rest in peace.

    My deepest condolences to the whole family. Wishing you all find comfort during this difficult time.

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