Betty Jo Spitler
Betty Jo Spitler, 80 passed away on February 1, 2015, after an impressive battle with the ugly disease of Dementia. Through it all, she never lost her fun loving spirit and enjoyed the company of everyone who visited her. Betty was born in Gladewater, Texas on May 4th, 1934 to Hugh and Golden White. Her father was the Mayor of Alpine, Texas for many years and Betty received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Galveston College in Galveston, Texas, Bachelor at Sul Ross College in Alpine, Texas and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Advising at Prairie View A & M.
Betty is preceded in death by her dear aunt, Ruth Allen. Betty is survived by her two children, Bradley H. Brahm and Jody of Dickinson, Texas and Amy M. Driscoll of Galveston, Texas. Her granddaughter, Erika Cantu and husband Domingo, of Dickinson, Texas; two great grandchildren Jordan Brahm and Dominic Raegan, both from Dickinson, Texas; her niece Judy Stoke; great nephews Shawn and Daniel and great nieces Shelley and Amanda, all of Alpine, Texas.
Betty was chairperson of the Nurse Assistant Program at Galveston College from 1971 to 1995. During those twenty four years, Betty educated and trained hundreds of nurses and nurse assistants. They all remember her well as “Ms. Spitler” and the impact she had on their lives. Betty had the unique ability to stretch the vision of what could be done, to expand the value of many lower socio-economic students, opening opportunities in a professional position.
Betty was an avid animal lover and astounding pianist who enjoyed entertaining. She also had a small role in the movie “Giant” and was college pals with Dan Blocker, from the hit show Bonanza; she lived an extraordinary life. Betty Jo Spitler will be remembered by everyone who knew her for her quick wit and a heart of enormous generosity.
The family would like to thank Regent Care Facility of League City, as well as all of the staff of Vantage Hospice. A memorial service to celebrate Betty’s life will be announced at a later date.