Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Housefield passed away on May 24, 2019. Born September 30, 1937, in Kansas
City, Missouri, to Mary Margaret and James Wallace Copeland, Betty was preceded in death by her
parents, sister Mary Copeland, and brother Edwin Copeland. Betty is survived by her husband of 59
years, Kenneth; brother James and sister Helen; sons James (Diana Davis) and John (Erin); daughters
Jean Ann Schingel (John) and Jennifer Tidwell (Jeff); and grandchildren Andrew, Joseph, Matthew, Hope,
Jared, Connor, Max, and Corbin.
Betty attended IPS 43, Shortridge ('55), and Hanover College, and graduated from Butler University (BS
'59; MS '66). A lifelong learner and dedicated educator, she taught 5th grade at IPS 79. She taught
acting and speech for Jr. Civic Theatre at the Indianapolis Museum of Art before founding the Young
Actors' Theatre with Charlotte Kauffman at Glendale Mall, later settling in The Athenaeum of downtown
Indianapolis. Betty enjoyed many seasons at the Riviera Club and volunteering as an usher for Civic
Theatre. She especially loved applauding her grandchildren's sports, singing, dancing, and
performances. Friends and clients knew her as "Betty the Travel Lady" for her work as a Travel
Consultant and as a sign of the love of travel she and Ken shared.
Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery will host a visitation (10 am) and celebration of Betty's life with
Rev. Linda McCoy (11:30 am) on Thursday June 6, 2019. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a
donation to your favorite charity or the Children's Museum of Indianapolis
(https://www.childrensmuseum.org/donate/donate-online) or Holliday Park
(http://www.hollidaypark.org/donations.html), in memory of Betty.
Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Housefield
September 30, 1937 - May 24, 2019