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Betty Kate Carlisle Hansen, born Aug. 7, 1934, to Maggie Belle and Charles Edward Henry Carlisle in Houston, Texas, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2023, in San Antonio with her family at the bedside.
A graduate of San Diego High School in 1951, she attended Texas A&I Kingsville and then moved to San Antonio, where she met and married Earl L. “Catfish” Hansen in March 1956. A daughter, Stacye Ann, and son Earl “Chip” Hansen followed. Together they ran a cattle breeding business and a feed store before circumstances had Earl return to a previous career as a Merchant Marine and Betty becoming a full-time single parent, where she continued as a successful seamstress, PTA volunteer, sewing teacher, and Girl Scout leader for many years. Betty joined Order of the Eastern Star in San Antonio in October 1989, was an active member of the Widows Club, and participated as a clown with Altrui LOS No. 89 Las Payasas Clown Unit.
In 1997, Betty moved to Floresville and spent many hours with her Star Sisters of the Floresville Chapter No. 271. She participated in all things OES, including supporting the Rainbow Girls, sewing and quilting, and any other activities that got her out and around the people she loved to serve. Betty served as worthy matron of the Floresville Chapter No. 271 of the Order of the Eastern Star from 2002-03 and 2008-09.
Betty loved to read, sew, quilt, knit, tatt, crochet, and most of all, collect colorful happy things! She was always ready to lend a hand, volunteer, and participate in any way she could until her sight and hearing began to fail. She was generous to a fault.
Betty is survived by sister Ruth Carlisle Coffin; nephew John Coffin and wife Lynda; son Chip Hansen and wife Jane Focht-Hansen; daughter Stacye Hansen Dick and husband Mark; granddaughters Wimberly Dick Hoogendoorn (Taylor) and Callie Dick (fiancé Aaron); and great-grandsons Post Henry and Silas Mark Hoogendoorn.
A celebration of Betty’s life will be held on Saturday, April 22, from 1-3 p.m. in the Floresville Masonic Lodge Hall in Floresville. Her Star Sisters will provide light snacks, desserts, coffee, and tea.
The family requests you wear bright colors as Betty loved all things colorful just as she was in her life.
Memorial donations may be made to the Order of the Eastern Star Floresville Chapter No. 271 or the Shiners Hospitals for Children.