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Betty L. Gisch left this Earth to sing with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20, 2011, with loved ones by her side.
A celebration of her life will be held in Resthavenâ€™s Abbey Chapel, where a visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, with services to follow at 1 p.m.
Betty was born June 7, 1934, in Nowata, Okla., to Rudolph (Willie) and Mary Exibea Dolan. Betty was the fifth child of a clan of eight to the Dolans. Betty and her family moved to Garden City, Texas, where Betty attended school. Later, they moved to Big Spring, where her parents worked and lived until their death.
She met and married Air Force Staff Sgt. Raymond Gisch in Big Spring, Texas, in 1953. While raising her three children and during her husbandâ€™s career in the Air Force, Betty and her family lived in Texas, Michigan, Montana, Minnesota, Nebraska, and the family spent three years in England. After her husbandâ€™s retirement from the Air Force in 1971, they moved to Lubbock, Texas, in 1975.
Betty and her husband had their own appliance repair business until they once again retired in 1997. They then moved to Abernathy in 1999. Betty enjoyed gardening, painting and visiting with her grandchildren and playing with her great-grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Leroy and Doyle Dolan, both from Big Spring.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Ray; three children, son Gary Gisch and his wife Gloria of Sulphur Springs, Texas, daughter Patty Gisch of Abernathy, Texas, and a son, Mark Gisch; three grandchildren, Timothy Pledger and his wife Crystal of Tahoka, Texas, Tiffany Burk and her husband John of Wolfforth, Texas, and Dillon Gisch of Seattle, Wash./Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Betty cherished and enjoyed time spent with her five great-grandsons; Jonah, Jordan and Jacob Pledger, all from Tahoka, and Bryer and Bryson Burk of Wolfforth. Betty is also survived by four sisters, Dema Theime and her husband Frank of Grants Pass, Ore., Mary Lamb and her husband Pat of Red River, N.M., Sue Riddle and her husband Phillip of Big Spring, and Judith Nichols and her husband Nick of Coahoma; two brothers, R.D. Dolan Jr. of Albuquerque, N.M., and Rudy Dolan and his wife Ester from Big Spring.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to First Church of the Nazarene, 511 Ave. E, or P.O. Box 517, Abernathy, Texas 79311.
Condolences may be offered at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com.