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Bettye Gehring Gardner 1918 - 2014

Bettye Gehring Gardner

This Guest Book has been kept online until 4/17/2015 by Cindy Harrelson, Grateful student and friend.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
My sister and I were in the Merry Go Round Theatre back in the 70's. Mom would drive us from the "country" (Westheimer & West Belt) downtown to class every Wednesday. With acting lessons and her joyful encouragement we came out of our shyness. We both continued exploring the arts at HSPVA - drama for me, ballet for my sister. I can still see her beautiful face and smile. She was truly a beautiful woman through and through.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Bettye,Thank your all that you taught me in the many years we spent together at the advice of (Your other student & friend) my Mother Cindy. I'm grateful the times you pulled my hair when I first started to get me to have better posture. You really taught me great discipline rather quickly.

I'll never forget how many times your eyelashes had a mind of their own during our lessons. Nor,will I forget the beautiful Mitsouko at your side ever the faithful companion. I appreciate the small things you did for me such as giving me a scarf from Ireland to keep my throat warm & working on an acting scene or monologue in addition to voice when our lessons would often run over.

Due to us working together multiple times a week I received a scholarship for voice & later got the courage to move to New York to further my career. I remember our last conversation & how I was moved to tears by telling you what you meant to me & you were getting choked up too. Saying that "I made your year & such."

You will never know what being a lifelong member of The Ping Goo Club has done for my confidence as a person & as a singer. Yes, I do have my Mother's voice but,I am grateful to have had YOU to nurture my God given talent.

When I started this path with you I was barely a shy teenager I who begged my Mother & Nonna for lessons until they relented to at least twice a week. I a not only very fortunate for you to have helped foster my Mother's talent but, also mine.

Every time, I have people in the industry praise my voice & control I always tell them I took voice lessons from The Greatest Teacher Bettye Gardner. I learned so much about legit voice as well as acting from you. To this day I can do a cold reading masterfully & then perform it in front of a showcase within minutes of getting the material.

I think unless people knew you were with The Alley they just thought you we're spectacular in teaching voice. You were a master at so many things. I'll never forget the painting of you over your piano in the beautiful green dress,The K you kept in your kitchen & the smells of your pink home on Ingold for all those years. I appreciate all the encouragement you gave me & how a piece of you will always be imbedded in my memory.

Until we meet again in heaven when I'm very old May you be with Mitsouko sitting at your side, With Mr.Alberti close & Your heavenly choir!

I Love You Always XO Aubrey

P.S. I'm grateful you made me the woman I am & that we will never say goodbye!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Yes, I must smile and attest that I still "ping goo" regularly. I was so fortunate to study with Bettye, loved her encouragement and positive spirit, her elegance and grace, such a beautiful person. I send love and appreciation to her family.
Monday, March 24, 2014
My first introduction to the theater was through Betty Gardner and the children's acting program at the Alley Theater. It has been more that 40 years since my classes there but I am still using some of the techniques she taught me! However what I remember most about her was her love of theater and her incredible exuberance! She has touched many lives and will be missed by all.
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