Betty Bivins Lovell
Betty Teel Bivins Lovell, an energetic businesswoman and tireless civic volunteer, was born in Amarillo to Bernard and Louise Teel. She was named valedictorian of Amarillo High School in 1937. She attended Amarillo College, the University of Texas and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1940.
She worked for the oil firm of Hagy, Harrington & Marsh from 1941 to 1945. In 1945, she married rancher and cattleman Lee T. Bivins, grandson of the pioneer Julian Bivins. The couple had four sons: Lee “Levi” Bivins II, Miles Teel, Thomas Peyton and Mark Earnest.
With a growing family, Bivins Lovell began her civic activities, while involving herself in her children’s activities. She was active in her son Teel’s successful campaign for the Texas Senate.
Bivins Lovell and her family have been members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church since 1946.
In the 1960s, she helped establish the Mary E. Bivins Nursing Home for the elderly.
One of her most ambitious projects was a fund-raising drive to benefit the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum after the governor cut $400,000 from the museum’s budget.
Bivins Lovell is president of Exell Cattle Co. and Pioneer Realty Co. She was a director of First National Bank in Amarillo, which named its branch near 34th Avenue and Bell Street in her honor.
Bivins Lovell served as a regent for West Texas State University and president of the Junior League.
She helped found the Amarillo Symphony Guild and the Amarillo Art Alliance.
She has served on boards for the Amarillo Museum of Art, Don Harrington Discovery Center, United Way, Lone Star Ballet, Art Alliance and the Texas Association of Museums, Amarillo Speech & Hearing Center, Llano Cemetery, the Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center and Wildcat Bluff nature center.
Bivins Lovell says her involvement is a debt of gratitude. Her awards include Amarillo High School Sandie Hall of Fame, Distinguished Alumna at Amarillo College in 1995, Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year and Globe-News Woman of the Year.