Our Aunt, Betty Schocke, is at peace and rest in the hands of our Lord and Savior.
Born on Galveston Island, December 30, 1930 to William and Annie Lee Schocke, Betty remained a devoted, loyal and the biggest supporter of the best for Galveston. After hurricanes or storms, she would staunchly say Galveston will rebound and be better. Graduating from Ball High School, she lived an adventurous life, ending with the co-ownership in February 1983 of Action Personnel, Inc. of Galveston and Texas City, a thriving business that continues today.
She loved her sisters, Florine Owens, Norma Cox, and Lois Voigt, and their spouses. They produced five children who became her dearest and most loved nieces and nephews. She loved each of us with a devotion that bordered on “acting as our mother.” She freely gave advice to William H. Voigt, Karen Thompson, Jerrie Yeary, Stephen Cox, and Judith A. Owens (deceased).
Her life was filled daily with activities connected with civic, religious, and educational organizations. She was a pioneer and role model for women on the island to become involved and make their presence known. She served over 30 years on the board for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, was the first woman president of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce (1982), served on the Galveston College Board of Regents, was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority (1982 Woman of the Year), and a life-long parishioner of St. Mary’s Cathedral where she served as a lector and member of the Pastoral Council. The list is endless as are the hours, energy and passion she devoted to many more organizations.
The island will miss placing the call to Aunt Betty asking her to help, donate or sell a project. We will miss her personality which was described at times as “quite a pistol.” She loved to read, work crossword puzzles, adored cats, and pulled pranks no one else imagined. We could always call her if we needed help, and even if we didn’t take the advice, we listened just like she listened to her mother.
Betty’s family will receive visitors from 3:00-5:00 pm, Sunday, November 30th at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A vigil service will begin at 4:00 pm.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Monday, December 1 at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Betty’s name to Rosenberg Library in Galveston or a library of your choice.
We write in sadness, but know that we will one day see her again.
Karen, Bill, Jerrie, and Stephen