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Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery

13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Betty Sue (Caldwell) Kessinger

November 10, 1933March 25, 2020

Betty Sue Caldwell Kessinger, 86, died peacefully on March 25, 2020 at her home in Waterford Harbor, Kemah, Texas, after a brief struggle with cancer.

Betty Sue was born November 10, 1933, in Quanah, Texas, to the late Daniel Otis and Opal June Caldwell. She grew up on the family farm and citrus orchard with sister Lou and brothers Dan and Lee. She graduated from Lyford High School in Lyford, Texas, in 1951. On Christmas Eve 1953, Betty Sue married the love of her life, Harry Joe “Beau” Kessinger. After he graduation from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, they moved to Houston, Texas, where Beau worked for Humble Oil & Refining Company (now ExxonMobil Corporation ) until his death in 1985. The Kessinger Family made Sugar Land, Texas their home from 1967 until 2010, when Betty Sue relocated to Kemah, Texas. Betty Sue poured her heart and soul into making a wonderful home for her husband and their children, Carl and Carla. She thoroughly enjoyed grandchildren, great-grandchildren, granddogs and grandkitties, gardening, and gambling.

Betty Sue is survived by her sister, Louise Repp, brothers, Dan Caldwell (Connie) and Lee Caldwell (Cissie), son, Carl Dale Kessinger, daughter, Carla Jo Hunt (Allen), grandchildren, Stephanie Mackey (Andrew), Michael Hardee, and Jacqueline Hardee, great-grandsons, Cooper and Cole Mackey, step-grandchildren, Clayton Hunt (October), Paige Garcia (Josh), and Madelyn Hunt, and step-great-grandchildren, Raven Hunt and Hayden, Daemon, and Greyson Garcia.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a live streamed funeral service which will take place at Memorial Oaks Chapel, Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 11:30am. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialoaksfunerals.com for Betty Sue's family. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled after the pandemic has ended.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Betty Sue Kessinger to the Volunteer Services Council of the Richmond State Supported Living Center (RSSLC) where her son, Carl Dale, resides. Checks should be made payable to VSC of RSSLC and mailed to Volunteer Services Council, Richmond State Supported Living Center, 2100 Preston Street, Richmond, Texas, 77469.

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Phil Goode

March 29, 2020

Sue was always so positive and kind to everyone; family was everything...

Nanette Masterson

March 28, 2020

I always enjoyed seeing Betty Sue with her grandchildren. She always had a look of being proud of the individuals they had become. She will be greatly missed by her adoring family members. I know Carla was not only a daughter, but she and her mom were best friends. Many prayers and blessings to the grieving family and friends of Betty Sue!

john chism

March 28, 2020

Carla, May God Bless and Keep you and your family during this time of grief. May you have an abundance of good memories to guide you and support you through this trying time.

John Chism

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Biography

      “Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Betty Sue Kessinger, it summarized in every way who she was. She was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around her and always thinking before acting. She was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything she did. She was a friendly person who truly cared about those around her.

      Betty was born on November 10, 1933 at her parent's home in Quannah, Texas. She was the daughter of Daniel and Opal. Raised in La Sara, Texas, she was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, she learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that she would carry with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Betty was always aware of how others around her felt and this quality served her well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Betty was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Betty was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where she could concentrate, Betty also had the ability to relate well with her family and friends. Betty was raised with three siblings. She had one sister, Lou, and two brothers, Dan and Lee. Betty was constantly involved in activities with her family. Betty and her siblings cared deeply for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

      Growing up, Betty took part in a number of activities as a child. She took part in working on the family farm and citrus orchard. She was a member of the Home Demonstration group. In her spare time she liked to listen to the radio. Betty's memorable adventures included riding the mules to school, churning butter and washing clothes by hand.

      Betty enjoyed learning. She always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Betty was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. She often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Betty was painstaking and accurate in her efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. She graduated from Lyford High School in 1951. Betty enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was math.

      Most folks would say that Betty was shy until they got to know her. Those who were privileged to know her well learned that she was a solid, good friend. Betty was reluctant to generalize about people, and she based her friendships on her personal experiences. Because of this, Betty best trusted those people that she truly knew. She was concerned about how those around her felt, and she always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. She could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that she made, Betty kept. While growing up, some of her best friends were her brothers and sisters. Later in life, she became friends with Linda Hobson, Barbara West, Connie Sully and Jan Curry.

      Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Betty. After just a three month courtship, on December 24th, 1953 Betty married Harry Joe "Beau" Kessinger at Four Square Church of Raymondville, Texas. She was totally committed to Beau and maintained traditional ideals about marriage.

      Betty was a good mother to her children. She had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because she trusted emotions, Betty was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way she seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around her, always thinking before acting. In addition, Betty was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around her might be, she seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Betty was blessed with two children, son, Carl Dale, and daughter, Carla Jo. They were also blessed with three grandchildren and three step grandchildren, Grandchildren Stephanie, Michael and Jacqueline, Step Grandchildren Clayton, Paige and Madelyn.

      Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Betty had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that she was the trip planner. She would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included visiting casinos, the deer lease and the beach.

       Her family was rounded out by her Granddogs and Grandkitties. Betty was as loyal to her pets as they were to her.

      Betty passed away on March 25, 2020 at at her home in Waterford Harbor, Kemah, Texas after a brief struggle with cancer. She is survived by her sister Louise Repp, brothers Dan Caldwell (Connie) and Lee Caldwell (Cissie), son Carl Kessinger, daughter Carla Hunt (Allen), grandchildren Stephanie Mackey (Andrew), Michael Hardee, and Jacqueline Hardee, great-grandsons Cooper and Cole Mackey, step-grandchildren Clayton Hunt (October), Paige Garcia (Josh), and Madelyn Hunt, and step-great-grandchildren Raven Hunt and Hayden, Daemon, and Grayson Garcia. Services were held at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Betty was laid to rest in Memorial Oaks Cemetary in Houston, Texas.

      It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Betty was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Betty was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of woman to whom everyone was drawn. She was thorough and practical. Betty Kessinger was very literal with her words. You always knew where you stood with Betty. She will be missed.