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Betty Jean Hancock

Obituary for Betty Jean Hancock

September 2, 1929 - November 26, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 88


Betty Jean Elbel Hancock peacefully went to be with our Lord on November 26, 2017. She was surrounded by her family at her home. Betty was born to Walter G. Elbel, of Smithson Valley, Texas and Ella Saur of Bergheim, Texas on September 2, 1929. Betty's grandparents were some of the original German families who settled and ranched in that area in the late 1800's.

Betty graduated from Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio in 1947. At the age of seventeen she married Bill Hancock and they remained devoted to each other for 48 years until Bill's passing in 1994. Betty lived the life of being a Law Enforcement Officer's wife as her husband Bill was Constable of Precinct 3 in Bexar County, Texas for over 38 years.

In 1996 she met the second love of her life, Mr. Dick Davies of Canyon Lake, Texas. Betty and Dick became true companions and partners and were together through thick and thin for over 21 years. Dick was also by her side until the very end. She was totally devoted to her family and loved being a part of anything and everything any member of her family was involved in.

She was a member of the Alzafar Shrine Women's Daughters of the Nile, and the Bexar County Republican's Women Association. She became a Colonel in the Confederate Air Force, was a member of the Alamo Liaison Squadron and the Alamo "A's" vintage Ford Model A car club. She was a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts, and held many offices in the North East Independent School District PTA's for Coker Elementary, Garner Middle School and MacArthur High School. Betty also belonged to the Texas A&M Mothers Club of San Antonio. She was a devout Christian and attended Northside Baptist Church where she taught both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.

She was City Secretary and Court Clerk in Olmos Park, Texas for over 20 years and also worked in Senator Jeff Wentworth's office as well as Congressman Lamar Smith.

Being raised as a country girl, Betty loved the outdoors and enjoyed being at her and husband Bill's Guadalupe River camp, and their house at Lake LBJ. She also enjoyed visiting with her son, Donny and daughter-in-law, Le Nan at their scenic ranch in the Texas Hill Country where she could watch the wildlife, stargaze, and pet and groom the horses and other animals. Later in life, she and her partner Dick embarked on adventures all across the world to such destinations as Africa, Australia, England, Cyprus, Germany, Argentina, Chile, France and Italy……. just to name a few. In between trips she just enjoyed being with Dick at his lake home at Canyon Lake as they planned their next travel adventure. Betty was also one of the few women who could say that she had two Trans-Atlantic flights in the Supersonic British Airways Concorde, along with flying in aircraft like the B-29 Superfortress, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Michell, and countless other vintage WWII aircraft. She also greatly enjoyed shopping adventures with her daughter Sandy and playing cards with her friends. Simply put, Betty enjoyed life and loved her family and friends to the fullest and she will be greatly missed by all.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ella and Walter Elbel; brother, Norman Elbel, and husband Bill Hancock.

She is survived by her son, Donny Hancock and wife Le Nan Hancock; daughter, Sandy Cramer; husband, Dick Cramer; grandson, Travis Reese; great grandson, Clayton Reese, partner and companion Dick Davies; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

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Interment at Comal Cemetery, 301 Peace Ave, New Braunfels, Texas 78103

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Disabled American Veteran

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2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232
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