Bette Liebgold, born November 27, 1937 in Beaumont, Texas, the only child of Nellie Mae (Nation) and Thomas Rudd, led an exceptional life. A singer (she sang with a group that entertained the troops overseas), a dancer, a harpist, a mathematician, an avid bridge player (Life Master), a recipient of a National Science Foundation grant, a NASA employee, a business owner (Rudd, Inc.- computer consultants), Bette experienced it all. She was that rare combination of beauty, brains, and talent.
She married three times, first at 19 to her high school sweetheart Donald Stafford, who had a beautiful voice and with whom she had her only child, Donny, who passed away fifteen years ago. She met her second husband, Cliff Laurence, while working at NASA. During their ten year marriage, Bette helped Cliff earn his doctorate. Finally, Bette met Peter Liebgold appropriately at a concert, as they both were both passionate music lovers. They were married for twenty five years and enjoyed a good life together. Theater, travel, concerts, dining and get-togethers with friends and family were just a few of the many activities and interests Bette and Peter enjoyed to the fullest until Peter passed away in 2012.
Bette made a point of keeping in touch with the many people who enriched her life. Integrity was important to Bette. She had a generous heart. Her friends could count on her. She will be missed by her stepchildren Richard, Michael, Peter, Lili & husband, Bill, her seven step grandchildren as well as her numerous dear and dedicated friends. Lili would especially like to thank Leo Waner, Allan Torregrossa and dearest Bill Stern for their support and help.
Bette’s family is grateful to the compassionate caregivers Beatriz, Rosy, Steven, Caleb, Gayen and the numerous others at the Abbey and Fairmont Hospice.
A zoom Memorial is planned for later in the week to share our stories of Bette. Please contact Lili with your email address.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Houston Public Media, PO Box 4399, Houston, TX 77210, houstonpublicmedia.org, Houston Area Parkinson Society, hapsonline.org, or the charity of your choice.
View the Graveside Service here: https://youtu.be/PTRJb4Ukylg