Bettye Myers was a member of the Denton Women’s Interracial Fellowship (DWIF). Born in Heavener, Oklahoma, she moved to Texas to attend college, earning a bachelor and masters degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman’s University). She completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Michigan, returning to Texas Woman’s University in 1961 to begin working as a faculty member for 54 years. She also gave at least 130 motivational speeches and 245 seminars to diverse audiences in both the United States and Guam.
She was the founding president of the TWU Faculty Senate, a leader in TWU Alumnae Association, board member at The United Way of Denton County, President of Denton ISD’s Board of Trustees, was active in AIDS Service of North Texas, the Denton Parks Foundation and the Cross Timbers Girl Scout Council. Bettye received numerous honors including the TWU Cornaro Award and Distinguished Service Award from the American Heart Association. Denton’s Bettye Myers Middle School is named in her honor, and TWU’s showcase butterfly garden near the Texas Pond was dedicated to her. Her service to the city was recognized when the Mayor of Denton declared Sept. 26, 2006, as “Bettye Myers Day.”