Betty Kimball

Denton Nursery School photo

Kimble's nursery school class, circa 1935. Ms. Kimble is third from left in the front row. (Portal to Texas History)

Lifelong Denton resident and community activist Betty Kimble was born on August 30, 1931. While attending Texas College in Tyler, she married her husband W.L. Kimble, and later had two daughters, Angela and Drucilla. Mrs. Kimble graduated from North Texas State University—now, University of North Texas—where she also worked for a number of years. As a member of the Denton Women’s Interracial Fellowship, she was part of a group of mothers in Denton united to eliminate segregation and knock down racial barriers to equal opportunity. Throughout the 1960s, the group facilitated necessary community improvements for residents of Southeast Denton in particular, and played a critical role in school desegregation. A true activist at her core, Mrs. Kimble has always been committed to helping others and finding ways to create progress for the city of Denton. She has served on countless boards and committees in the area, and is well known for her years of volunteer work and care for children. In addition to her involvement with the Interracial Fellowship, she has participated in community projects such as Keep Denton Beautiful, and also volunteered at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center. She serves on the advisory board of directors at Hearts for Homes, and is a member of the board of directors for Fred Moore Child Care Center and R.S.V.P. of Denton County. She is also active within her church and sings in the choir. Mrs. Kimble was the driving force behind the establishment of the American Legion Senior Center, of which she is the current Director.

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