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Celebrating the life of
Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Lanigan
July 07, 1957 - April 23, 2016
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Memorial Service
  • 1:00pm - Saturday, May 14, 2016

Betsy was a lovely lady. I will pray for her family.

Linda Twyman, Conroe, Tx

We are so sorry for your loss. Betsy was the best and anyone who knew her would say the same. She never met a stranger and her love was felt by us all. She's with the heavenly angels now and is looking after us still. We will meet again one day--and what a blessing that day will be. --Gloria and Allen Andress

Allen and Gloria Andress, Magnolia, TX

Our Dear Sweet Betsy, Thank you for loving my son and being such a wonderful addition to our family. When I heard the devastating news, I asked Dad to watch over you. I think he felt you had enough time with us and he needed you in Heaven. ~~~RIP~~~ Love you, Mom & Molly

Barbara Lanigan , Holbrook, MA

Our Dear Sweet Betsy, Thank you for loving my son and being such a wonderful addition to our family. When I heard the devastating news, I asked Dad to watch over you. I think he felt you had enough time with us and he needed you in Heaven. ~~~RIP~~~ Love you, Mom & Molly

Barbara Lanigan , Holbrook, MA

Thoughts are with you...wish we could be there with you...thank God for all your loving friends to support and lift you up!! Come home soon.

The Getchells, Hudson, MA

Betsy was such a kind, upbeat person who touched so many lives. I'm glad to have known her as a co-worker at Pine Forest Elementary and as mother to Robert, Dorothy and Joanna. Keep your memories close.

Robin Telano, Spring Branch , TX

It saddens me to hear about the loss of Betsy. She was a sweet kind lady with a nice smile and so pleasant. I knew Betsy at Pine Forest Elementary and have nothing but kind words to speak of her. I'm glad I knew her, as a co worker and a mother of her 3 children.

Carol Wrinkle, Vidor, Tx

Our prayers are for Dorothy and her family. I liked your mom a lot and remember her and I sharing Team Mom in baseball for our boys. I know there are no words that will make you feel better but your memories will keep you going. If you need any thing Dorothy let me or Josh know. We love you

Katherine Ellis & Joshua Ellis, Vidor , Tx

Dear Jim and Family, I just want you to know I keep you all in my prayers and Heaven has another Angel. May she r I p. She fought without fear and I know she loved all whom she came in touch with. Love to all.

Evelyn ( Hougham) Lange, Groton , Ct.

Betsy was so Special to me, after I lost my daughter Sandi in a car accident she encouraged me to volunteer at Pine Forest. Well I finally did and stayed 12 years. She got me into the world of living. I remain your Aunt Sharyn. Glad you are at peace. But to Jim and the kids prayers for healing.

Robert & Sharyn Knost, Orange Tx, TxB

Betsy was so Special to me, after I lost my daughter Sandi in a car accident she encouraged me to volunteer at Pine Forest. Well I finally did and stayed 12 years. She got me into the world of living. I remain your Aunt Sharyn. Glad you are at peace. But to Jim and the kids prayers for healing.

Robert & Sharyn Knost, Orange Tx, TxB

Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Lanigan, 58, Skellytown, TX, retired school administrator and museum staffer, died Saturday April 23, 2016, at Borger Health Care center in Borger, TX, after a courageous battle against brain cancer.
Betsy was born on July 7, 1957 in Philadelphia, PA to Harry Morris Mitchel Rugg and Dorothy Ann (Rothera) Rugg. She graduated from Interboro High School, Class of ’75. She grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Texas in the early 1980’s. After meeting Jim, she moved to Houston and then spent 2 and a half years traveling the world with him. She resided in London, England Jakarta, Indonesia and Monterey, Mexico and got to travel from those homes. Settling back to Houston, Jim took a temporary assignment in Borger, TX and she lived in Skellytown, TX at the time of her passing.
Betsy was an avid music fan of all types of music. She always had a song in her heart. She also liked to give back by volunteering. She taught Sunday School, worked with senior church groups, helped with charity fundraisers and volunteered at museums and schools. Her final endeavor was volunteering at the Hutchinson County Historical Museum where she was awarded the volunteer of the year for 2015.
Betsy had a big heart and a love for everyone. The biggest place in her heart was taken up by her children, step-children and most of all her three grandsons. Everyone is a better person because of her love.
Survived by loving husband James Lanigan of Skellytown, TX. Preceded in death by father Harry Morris Mitchel Rugg. Survived by mother Dorothy Ann (Rothera) Rugg of Plymouth Meeting, PA. Survived by Children, Step Children and Grandchildren: Robert Knost, Channelview, TX. Dorothy Knost, Plymouth Meeting, PA. Joanna (Knost) Vasquez and son-in-law Jonny Vasquez of Vidor, TX. Danielle (Lanigan) McDonnell and son-in-law Steve Mcdonnell of Huntsville, AL. Adam Lanigan of Knoxville, TN. Jacob Lanigan of Knoxville, TN. Grandsons Jordan and Gabriel Vasquez and Connor McDonnell. We must include our Borger daughter, Kaitlyn Jones of Skellytown, TX.
Betsy was interred on April 30, 2016 at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, TX in a private service. A memorial service will be held on the rooftop at Khon’s 2808 Milam St. Houston, TX. at 1:00 pm on Saturday May 14, 2016.
Memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Friends-Harrington Cancer Foundation. This is a wonderful organization that provides assistance to the families of cancer patients in the Panhandle area who must travel to Amarillo for treatment. We are fortunate enough to have the resources available for lodging, transportation, meals, etc. during Betsy’s treatment in Amarillo. Many people do not and that is what this organization does. Betsy was also involved in fundraising activities with Circle of Friends.

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Betsy was a lovely lady. I will pray for her family.

Linda Twyman, Conroe, Tx

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We are so sorry for your loss. Betsy was the best and anyone who knew her would say the same. She never met a stranger and her love was felt by us all. She's with the heavenly angels now and is looking after us still. We will meet again one day--and what a blessing that day will be. --Gloria and Allen Andress

Allen and Gloria Andress, Magnolia, TX

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Our Dear Sweet Betsy, Thank you for loving my son and being such a wonderful addition to our family. When I heard the devastating news, I asked Dad to watch over you. I think he felt you had enough time with us and he needed you in Heaven. ~~~RIP~~~ Love you, Mom & Molly

Barbara Lanigan , Holbrook, MA

Our Dear Sweet Betsy, Thank you for loving my son and being such a wonderful addition to our family. When I heard the devastating news, I asked Dad to watch over you. I think he felt you had enough time with us and he needed you in Heaven. ~~~RIP~~~ Love you, Mom & Molly

Barbara Lanigan , Holbrook, MA

Thoughts are with you...wish we could be there with you...thank God for all your loving friends to support and lift you up!! Come home soon.

The Getchells, Hudson, MA

Candle tribute lit by Tracy Black — Texas

Betsy was such a kind, upbeat person who touched so many lives. I'm glad to have known her as a co-worker at Pine Forest Elementary and as mother to Robert, Dorothy and Joanna. Keep your memories close.

Robin Telano, Spring Branch , TX

Candle tribute lit by Robin Telano — Texas

It saddens me to hear about the loss of Betsy. She was a sweet kind lady with a nice smile and so pleasant. I knew Betsy at Pine Forest Elementary and have nothing but kind words to speak of her. I'm glad I knew her, as a co worker and a mother of her 3 children.

Carol Wrinkle, Vidor, Tx

Our prayers are for Dorothy and her family. I liked your mom a lot and remember her and I sharing Team Mom in baseball for our boys. I know there are no words that will make you feel better but your memories will keep you going. If you need any thing Dorothy let me or Josh know. We love you

Katherine Ellis & Joshua Ellis, Vidor , Tx

Candle tribute lit by Katherine Ellis — Texas

Dear Jim and Family, I just want you to know I keep you all in my prayers and Heaven has another Angel. May she r I p. She fought without fear and I know she loved all whom she came in touch with. Love to all.

Evelyn ( Hougham) Lange, Groton , Ct.

Candle tribute lit by Evelyn Lange — Connecticut

Betsy was so Special to me, after I lost my daughter Sandi in a car accident she encouraged me to volunteer at Pine Forest. Well I finally did and stayed 12 years. She got me into the world of living. I remain your Aunt Sharyn. Glad you are at peace. But to Jim and the kids prayers for healing.

Robert & Sharyn Knost, Orange Tx, TxB

Betsy was so Special to me, after I lost my daughter Sandi in a car accident she encouraged me to volunteer at Pine Forest. Well I finally did and stayed 12 years. She got me into the world of living. I remain your Aunt Sharyn. Glad you are at peace. But to Jim and the kids prayers for healing.

Robert & Sharyn Knost, Orange Tx, TxB


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