Janet Elizabeth “Betty” Sloan Hay was born on March 26, 1928, in Brenham, Texas, to her loving parents, Will Sloan and Lois Allen Sloan. Betty attended Brenham public schools. She was the Brenham Junior Maifest Queen in 1937 and was a Brenham High School cheerleader.
Betty followed her grandmother, Bessie Flewellen Sloan, and mother, Lois Allen Sloan, to Baylor University where she graduated in 1949. Betty was a member of Delta Alpha Pi (Kappa Alpha Theta), Sigma Tau Delta and Kappa Delta Pi.