Bare, Betty A.

January 16, 1942 - October 6, 2014

Betty Dusek Bare of Lowake, Texas passed away on Monday, October 6, 2014 at the age of 72.

Betty was born in Ballinger, Texas on January 16, 1942 to Vinc Willie Dusek and Frances Ratchford Dusek.  She graduated from Paint Rock High School in 1960 and the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in elementary education.  She was proud to be the first woman in the Dusek family to receive a college degree.

Betty met her husband Joseph (Joe) Lee Bare while at UT when they shared a ride back to Austin from San Angelo.  They were married on September 10, 1963 and welcomed first son Joseph (Jody) Lee Bare, II on September 27, 1964.  Betty and Joe settled in Austin where they raised Jody and brother Michael Edward Bare, born October 2, 1970.  Betty was an elementary teacher, before serving as a librarian at the Harry R. Ransom Center at the University of Texas.  Upon retirement, she and husband Joe built their dream log cabin in Blue Mesa, Colorado.

Betty will be remembered for her love of her sons and grandchildren, her “Yorkie Girls,” Julie, Fannie and Amy, her cabin in Colorado, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Betty is survived by her sons Joseph (Jody) Lee Bare, II and wife, Kristi Randel Bare, Michael Edward Bare and wife Suzanna Caldwell-Bare, grandchildren Evan Bare, Cameron Bare, Lydia Bare and Emerson Bare, brother Vinc Willie Dusek, III, sister-in-law June Pierce, nephew Wesley Dusek and family, niece Ida Dusek Booher and family as well as many cousins including Bob Dusek and wife, Nancy, and Calvin Dusek.  She is preceded in death by beloved husband Joseph Lee Bare and parents Frances Ratchford Dusek and Vinc Willie Dusek, Jr.

A private family interment will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Ballinger, PO Box 350, Ballinger, TX 76821 (325-365-23750.  Condolences can be made online at


Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. NW Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

4 replies on “Bare, Betty A.”

Barbara Carr says:

Betty was my supervisor for many years when she worked at the Ransom Center. She was part-supervisor, part-Mom and a very good friend to me. I had heard recently she was ill but I was hoping she would beat the odds.

My thoughts and well wishes goes out to her family. She was a wonderful, fun person and her spirit will live on in our hearts and minds.

Beverly Lewellen says:

Jody and Michael and families,

I am devastated to hear of the passing of your mother, and my friend and colleague, Betty. She was such a caring person, which made her a delight to work with, and loved you two sons so very much. May the grief not be overbearingly painful, as you remember the wonderful times with her, and may her presence be always with you and your families.

My condolences and prayers are with you,
Beverly Lewellen

Ann Harris says:

Betty was my supervisor at the HRC and I thought that she set the standard for fairness and hard work. I know how much she loved her family. My condolences to Jody and Michael and their families.

We’ve lost a good one.

Jean Ringle Burger says:

My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. Although I never really got to know your mother/aunt/sister I have always admired her because of the good things I’ve heard about her from some of you. I know you will miss her greatly.

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