Beth Alyce Fillingim Gilbert

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December 16, 1923 – May 19, 2019

Beth Alyce Fillingim Gilbert, at the age of 95 years, passed away peacefully in Dallas with full assurance of her eternal home in Heaven with the Lord on May 19, 2019.

She was born on December 16, 1923 in Peacock, Texas. At the age of 2 years old, she and her parents, Alice Lonelle Couch and Homer T. Fillingim, Sr., moved to Rotan, Texas, a remote West Texas town. She, as the eldest, her brother, H.T. Jr. and sister, Ouida, lived all of their childhood years in Rotan. Betty often raved how breathtaking it was to be able to see miles and miles of the plains with reflections of red soil and sunsets.

Graduating from Rotan High School, she attended Texas Tech University for 2 years then transferred to Baylor University. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1945 and married Stanley L. Gilbert, also of Rotan. They lived in various places such as St. Louis, Missouri, Orlando, Florida and Levelland, Texas for her husband’s medical schooling and internship before permanently locating in Dallas in 1953 where she and Dad raised their four children.

She was a strong woman of faith in God where she enjoyed worshipping in churches. She graciously hosted parties, family and friend gatherings, church activities at the home with quiet loving mannerisms and warm and generous spirit. She was a blessing to family, friends and everyone who met her.

Her other interests were managing family cotton farms in West Texas, gardening, oil painting, travelling in USA and overseas, but enjoyed being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother most of all.

Preceded in death are her brother-in-law, Doyle McSpadden, her parents, H.T. and Lonelle Fillingim, her husband, Stanley L. Gilbert, Sr., brother, H. T. Fillingim, Jr. and wife, Lanelle (Kingsfield).

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Lisa Bosson (Ed), Jan Tenery (Andy), both of Austin, Stanley Gilbert, Jr. and Susan Gilbert, both of Dallas, along with her sister, Ouida McSpadden Schliesing (Tom) of Uvalde. Also, left behind are her beloved grandchildren, Rachel Fortlage, Sharla Fortlage Vitzentos, Dana Heidkamp, Rotan Bosson, Claryce Bosson and numerous nieces and nephews. She was fondly called “Beth Alyce”, “Betty”, “Mom”, “Diddy” and “Gamma” by her parents, childhood friends, lifetime friends, sister, children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home in Rotan, Texas on May 28 officiated by Rev. Tommy Rosenband of First Baptist Church of Rotan. Pallbearers were Rotan Bosson, H. T. Fillingim, III, James McSpadden, Gilbert Riojas, Lee Hays and Cade Hays. She was buried at Belvieu Cemetery next to her loving husband of 53 years.

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