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Tyler Rose Museum, Texas Rose Festival in honor of Tylerite for community involvement

The Texas Rose Festival and Tyler Rose Museum honored Betsy Marsh Ellis and named her Honorary Chair of the 90th Texas Rose Festival Thursday night during the Winter Gala at the Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler.

“She has done a great job for the Tyler Rose Museum, the Texas Rose Festival and our community. Her life’s work has been to advance this community and the volunteer service for which she is so well known…” said Patrick Willis, board member of the Tyler Rose Museum.

Willis said he heard the following quote about Ellis: “A pink thread is woven into (Ellis’s) tapestry of life.”

Ellis graduated from the then Robert E. Lee High School and the University of Texas at Austin, where she received a degree in sociology.

According to Willis, she has also sponsored many TRF members and served on countless TRF committees, and has been actively involved in its efforts over the years.

Ellis is a descendant of one of the oldest Tyler families and has a family tradition at TRF, including being a lady-in-waiting during her college days, then her daughter Elizabeth Smith Ortega became Queen of TRF in 1997, granddaughter Patty E. Smith Shelton served as attendant in 2004 year and was a lady-in-waiting in 2015, as well as other family members who served as ladies-in-waiting and attendants.

As this year’s honoree, Ellis is grateful for the opportunity and excited to continue the legacy of her family who have always helped the community.

“I am so grateful. I love Tyler, I love the Rose Festival and I’m so happy to be a part of things. My family has lived in Smith County for generations and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” she said. “My family has always been an integral part of the community and they have always been able to help the community.”

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“I am so happy to be here, I am so happy to be honored. This is my favorite place in the world,” she added.

Based on her volunteer work, Ellis has held leadership and board positions with organizations such as the Tyler Youth League, East Texas Hospice, East Texas Crisis Center, Tyler Salvation Army, Tyler Mental Health Association, City Parks and Recreation Department, and the Camp Tyler Foundation. . She has also participated in gala performances at the Tyler Museum of Art, the American Heart Association, and other community organizations.

During the winter gala presentation, Willis mentioned that Ellis is involved not only in community life but also in the areas of healthcare, such as when she worked from 1984 to 2018 at the East Texas Medical Center Regional Health System.

According to Willis, Ellis’s current philanthropic efforts are focused on advancing arts education, public health, and environmental protection.

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