Betty Jean Ramsey

Betty Jean Callender Ramsey, 71,was born on December 27,1941, in Madisonville, Texas, to Laverne and Marguerite Callender and entered into the presence of her heavenly Father on the morning of June 29, 2013, following a lengthy struggle to recover from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Betty Jean was raised in Troup, Texas, and graduated from Troup High School in 1960. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she attended Tyler Junior College and Sam Houston State University where she graduated with a teaching degree in 1964. While at Sam Houston, she met and married Carrel O. Ramsey of Palacios, Texas. Following college, Betty Jean and Carrel made their home in Palacios where they have lived, raised their family and been an active part of First Baptist Church and the community for many years.

Betty Jean lived her life with three priorities: God, family, service to others. She became a born-again Christian as a child and she lived her life in a way that she not only said she was a Christian; she showed that to all who knew her. She had a servant’s heart and was always willing to help anyone with anything, anytime of the day or night. She raised her family in a Godly home and was a constant support for her children. In her 44 years as an educator, her students also reaped the benefits of learning about God’s love through a Christian teacher who was an example for them to follow.

One of the things Betty Jean was most proud of was her four grandchildren. She was their biggest cheerleader in whatever they were participating in and often traveled between Katy, College Station or wherever they were participating in events just to be with them and support them. She was a familiar face to her grandchildren’s friends, many of who referred to her as “Grandma” as well.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Carrel O. Ramsey; daughters, Shongh Smith and husband Steven Smith of Katy and Latrichia Thomas and husband Richard Thomas of College Station. She will greatly be missed by her four grandchildren: Derek Smith, Connor Thomas, Brandon Smith and Janelle Thomas. She is also survived by her sisters, Kay Evans of Troup, Texas, and Helen Cole and her husband Jerry A. Cole of Bedias, Texas. She is also survived by numerous other nieces, nephews and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, Laverne and Marguerite Dishongh Callender and her brother-in-law, Glen Evans.

Family visitation will be held on Tuesday evening, July 2, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Palacios, Texas, from 6:00-8:00 pm. A celebration of Betty Jean Callender Ramsey’s life will be held at First Baptist Church, Palacios, Texas, on July 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm with a private family burial to follow at a later time in Bedias, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Betty Jean Ramsey to First Baptist Church, Palacios or Bedias Baptist Church, Bedias, Texas.


  1. Our most sincere sympathy to the entire family of Betty Jean Ramsey. Betty Jean was such a lovely and caring lady and an awesome teacher! May she rest in peace with the Lord.
    Annie & Helen Dolezal
    Palacios, TX

  2. My condolences and prayers for Jeans family. I was Jeans classmate at Troup High School and we graduated in 1960. She was a very fine lady.

  3. Carrel and Family, Although it has been many years since we have been in contact, we read of Betty Jean’s death in the Tri County Leader (Troup/Whitehouse) Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Small world that we would end up living in Troup and are acquainted with Kay Evans and her family. How blessed we have all been to have our loved ones for so many years. We would like the opportunity to express our sympathy in person. Please call if you are in Troup. With Love, affection and sympathy. Marsha & John

  4. I was saddened to hear about the loss of your Mother & Grandmother. May time heal your grief and comfort you. God Bless you all.

  5. Although many years have quickly passed, I had the pleasure of knowing Carrel and Betty from the First Baptist Church in Palacios. My heartfelt condolences to the Ramsey family. Lester Bashaw, College Station, TX

  6. Just saw in the online Palacios Beacon the passing of your wife & mom So many memories flood through my mind when I think of your mom & the time when I lived in Palacios & was a member at FBC Palacios when Dr Ronnie Floyd was the pastor My thoughts & prayers go out to Carrel the girls and the rest of the family Michael G Flores Class of PHS 1981 Round Rock TX

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