Betty Gris­som, 91, widow of as­tro­naut killed in fire, dies

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Betty Lavonne Gris­som, widow of as­tro­naut Vir­gil “Gus” Gris­som, died at age 91. Mark Gris­som said Wed­nes­day his mother had been in good health be­fore her death Sun­day at her Hous­ton home. He said she will be buried at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery, where his fa­ther is in­terred.

In 1961, Gus Gris­som be­came the sec­ond Amer­i­can in space. Af­ter his 15-minute sub­or­bital flight, Gris­som nearly drowned when his cap­sule landed in the At­lantic and sank af­ter the hatch blew off pre­ma­turely.

Betty Gris­som suc­cess­fully sued a NASA con­trac­tor af­ter her hus­band and two other as­tro­nauts died in 1967 in an Apollo launch pad fire.

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