Dr. Betty Louise Horton Wednesday, August 10, 1949 - Sunday, April 2, 2017

Betty was born on August 10, 1949 on the family farm in Dunlap, Kansas to Carl and Della Talley. Betty was the second youngest of 8 children and was named by her brother Clarence after his favorite childhood friend, Betty Lou Campbell. Betty’s childhood on the farm instilled in her a life love of learning, an ambition to achieve new heights and a world class work ethic. All of which permeated her life in everything that she sought out to accomplish. Betty was the mother of three children all of which she loved with every fiber of her being and together with her husband Raymond raised and supported their children till their last breath. Betty was an educator who believed that if a poor black girl from the country in Kansas could earn a PhD and live out her dreams in academia and in business than anyone could. During her career, she wrote tens of millions of dollar’s worth of grants for school organizations all over the country in pursuit of giving every child no matter the circumstance of their birth a chance to achieve this same dream. Betty was a Christian who loved to listen and sing (badly) gospel music whether in the church or at home. She believed that dancing (also badly) with her grandchildren kept her young. Betty believed that the simple things in life are what is most important; love, laughter, and family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Della Talley, beloved husband Raymond Horton, son Jerome Horton and brother, Clarence Talley. She is survived by her son Carl Horton ; daughter, Reagan Horton; four grandchildren Gabrielle, Viveka, Harper and Jerome; six siblings, Carl Robert Talley (Pamela), Colorado Springs CO, Ustaine Talley, Denver, CO, Patricia McConley, Overland Park, KS, Alice (Harold) Wyatt, McKinney, TX, Richard (Eileen) Talley, Henderson, NC and Karen Talley, Aurora, CO; sister-in-law, Theresa Ann Tally, Louisville, KY and numerous nieces and nephews. Although the joy of her companionship has been extinguished, the memories of her smile and her spirit linger on throughout our lives. ...If a man dies, can he live again? I will wait all the days of my compulsory service until my relief comes. You will call and I will answer you. You will long for the work of your hands. Job 14:14 -15 Memorial Service, Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 1162 SW Lincoln, Topeka, Kansas 66604

Service Details: Memorial Service, Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 1162 SW Lincoln, Topeka, Kansas 66604

1162 SW Lincoln St., Topeka, Kansas, Faith Temple Church of God in Christ

Ms. Talley,

I just saw that you lost your sister.  I am so sorry.  I remember meeting your sisters when you bought our house on Jewell.  I also remember thinking, "what a beautiful family."  We remember you fondly and are thinking of you at this difficult time.  

I had the pleasure of meeting Betty as a teenager through shared work with the Mayors taskforce in the early 2000's.  She, and Ustaine, both provided tremendous support and guidance during one of the most difficult times of my life.  I always enjoyed running into them around town and had run into Betty just a few years ago while out for coffee,  She was as warm and vibrant as always and I enjoyed our time catching up that morning.  May you, her family and friends, take comfort in knowing that she touched the lives of many and treasured each of you.  

Dear family members, I went through high school with Betty, and I always loved her gentle but determined manner.  She was a beautiful person, inside and out.  I was so sad to hear of her death, and I offer all of you my most sincere sympathies.  May God comfort and sustain you as you rejoice in your loving memories of such a good woman.

I volunteered along with Betty for several Randolph Elementary events. I particulary remember one social gathering after the Randolph school carnival where we discussed many topics about education, race and economics. Dr. Horton was a woman with strong beiliefs, faith and values. She was graceful and beautiful. I am very honored to say I knew her. To her family - stand proud and be fortunate for the time spent with her. Your hearts and sorrow are in my prayers. She was a great woman

Dr. Horton was my major professor when I studied for my Masters Degree in special education. She had a wonderful smile and welcomed questions which resulted in a happy classroom.  Over the years we continued to meet at 501 functions, the grocery store, and social occasions. I am saddened by her passing as those encounters always lifted my spirits. My prayer is that family will be consoled by memories of her spirit.

Carl, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

To the family of Betty, I am deeply sadden to hear of the passing of Betty but know that prayers are being extended for your peace and comfort during this trying time.  Betty always had warm smile and gregarious conversation and a passion for children.

Carl & Reagan, You are in my Prayers. I have such very fond memories of the years I was Blessed to have shared with the whole family at Topeka High and have thought of you often in all the years since. Praying for you all.

Betty was a very fine person and educator, dedicated to serving all children and their families in pursuit of learning excellence.  I had the privilege of working with Dr. Horton while an employee of Topeka Public Schools, and had many opportunities to exchange useful ideas for improving educational challenges for African - American children.  I enjoyed Betty's sense of humor and her laughter when she took herself too seriously.  The Lord has said that "in my house there are many mansions, and if it were not so I would have told you.  I have gone to prepare a place for you, that where I am, you will be also."  I believe that Dr. Horton is with the Lord and enjoying the comfort of those mansions with her loving husband and son, and the many other relatives that predeceased her.  Rest in peace Betty.  You are home now and all of your work with children and families will continue on by those dedicated educators you have left behind.  Bless you my friend.


Your mom was a ball of energy.  I enjoyed working with her.  I am sorry for your loss, but know that one day you will meet again.  You are in our thoughts and in our prayers.  I am unable to attend the service, but will be thinking of you and your family at that time.  Morris and Jennifer Friedley

I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss Betty waving to me across the street and seeing that beautiful smile on her face.  I couldn't have asked for a better neighbor.  I pray God will give you the comfort and strength you need at this difficult time.

Karen and family,
I'm so sorry to hear about your sister Betty. You are all in my prayers.

I'm so saddened to see this news. I knew Betty in past years as a gracious and capable fellow educator. Prayers and condolences to her family and friends.