Betty Gipson

November 2, 1938December 20, 2013
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Betty Gipson of Houston and Conroe, Texas was born on November 2, 1938, and died on December 20, 2013 of complications of breast cancer. Her older brother Don Schustereit predeceased her. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ray Gipson, her son David and wife Sue, her daughter Gayla Brainerd and husband Rick, granddaughter Lauren Brainerd, grandson Trey Brainerd, her younger brother Roger Schustereit, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless devoted friends. She was born and raised in Victoria, Texas, the daughter of Edwin and Velva Shustereit. She graduated from Patti Welder High School, attended Trinity University, Victoria Junior College, and the University of Texas where she obtained a Bachelor of Business Degree. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Sam Houston State University. Betty spent her life teaching and caring for those around her. She enjoyed raising her children and helping to raise her grandchildren. Betty taught special education for 20 years in the Conroe School District. She also dedicated her time to working with mentally challenged children and adults. She received many awards and honors and the love of those she touched. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. A visitation for friends and family will take place At Metcalf Funeral Directors, 1801 E. White Oak Terrace, Conroe, Texas 77304 on Monday, December 23, 2013, from 7 to 9 P.M. There will not be a traditional funeral service. Burial will take place at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Victoria, Texas, on December 26, 2013 at 11:00 O’clock. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Boy’s and Girl’s Country, Hockley, Texas, or to a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Monday, December 23, 2013
  • Graveside Service Thursday, December 26, 2013

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Kevin Brainerd

January 12, 2014

Ray, David and Gayla, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Betty was a very wonderful woman; we will all miss her clever mind, her rich laugh, and her caring heart. You all have my deepest sympathies.

Leslie Branham

January 8, 2014

We will always remember Betty as one who filled every minute with the joy of living. Her compassionate spirit and love of people was ever present, one who touched lives and will be greatly missed.

Les and Anne Branham

January 8, 2014

Dear Ray and the whole Gipson Family,

Mark and I were so sad to hear about Betty. We did not realize she was ill. We really enjoyed your Christmas card and always think of you this time of year. Our prayers go out to you all. She was a wonderful person and it was a true gift to know her. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

Much love,
Mark, Jane, Grant & Adam Conversano

Amanda Kellar

January 7, 2014

I'm very saddened to hear the loss of gran Gipson. I looked up to her and had so many memories with y'all. She was truly a special person who touched so many lives. I will never forget her. She is loved and will be missed dearly.

Rhonda McKenzie

January 4, 2014

Dearest Ray, I think of you and Betty often and you are always at the top of my Christmas card list. My heart is so sad for you as you go through this difficult time. I always looked up to you and admired you and Betty in so many ways. You will constantly be in our thoughts and prayers. Forever your friend!

December 30, 2013

Ray, we were so sorry to hear of Betty's death! She was such a beautiful person. We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
Jack and Nancy Ramsey

Susan & Perry Evans

December 30, 2013

Ray & family : What an amazing person Betty was . Caring & compassionate; helping others constantly, expecting nothing in return. Thank you, Betty for all that you did for my niece, Sharon. I can only hope that she remembers all the good you did for her strictly from your heart :) I ask peace for Betty's family & to always lean to God for your strength & courage . Blessings to you always.


December 25, 2013

My sympathy to the family, may you find peace and comfort in God's promises. (Acts24:15)

Janie Stinson

December 24, 2013

Betty you were there for me when I began teaching. Your mentoring helped me become the empathetic and patient teacher /speech therapist that I am today. You were there for some big event in my life. I will always cherish those memories and all you did for me. I remember all the special children we helped.... with the assistance of Mrs"Pencil". Rest in peace my friend.

December 23, 2013

Ray,may you draw close to family and friends during this time. Know Almighty God is just a prayer away to heal the pain that death has brought to your heart. Psalm 65:2 God is greater than our hearts.