Widow of Astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom Dies

Betty Lavonne Grissom, the widow of astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom who successfully sued a NASA contractor after his death in the 1967 Apollo launch pad fire, has died.

She was 91.

Mark Grissom says his mother had been in good health before her death Sunday at her Houston home.

He says his mother will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, where his father is interred.

Betty and Gus Grissom met in high school in Mitchell, Indiana, and married in 1945.