Betty Gene Gambrell (nee Thurman) entered into eternal rest on July 10, 2016. Born in Miami, Fla. on May 1, 1947, Betty excelled at various vocations in her early years, but found her true calling when she first became licensed in real estate. She went on to obtain her broker's license and started her own successful business: New Concepts Properties, Inc. She subsequently merged her company with Wagner Realty, going on to manage one of their offices and later serving as the MLS Compliance Officer, among other corporate duties. Throughout her career, Betty received numerous professional designations and awards. She served as chair for several committees for the Association of Realtors including Professional Standards, RPAC, and MLS, among many others. She won Realtor of the Year in 1998, served as president for the Manatee Association of Realtors in 2001, taught classes for first time home buyers and she was often a source of knowledge and support to others in her field. Betty will be remembered for her love of flowers, a trait passed down from her mother and in particular orchids, day lilies and gladiolas, which she tended to meticulously. She loved to cook and adored anything relating to Julia Child. She had an early appreciation of all genres of music and was a huge fan of The Rolling Stones, getting great seats to see them with a long-time friend as she herself described: priceless. And as a notary, she even performed weddings in her spare time. She is predeceased by her mother, Betty Suisse and step-father, Jack Suisse and a favorite great aunt, Dorothy Hume. She is survived by her two sisters: Kathe-rine E. Burke (husband Bob) of Savannah, GA and Carolyn M. Suisse (fiancé James Wade) of Rocky Face, GA, her aunt, Mary Kasper (late husband Jack) and cousin, Barbara, of Citrus Springs, FL, first husband, Bud Hall of Miramar, FL and numerous loving friends. Although there will be no formal services, a "Celebration of Life" will be planned at a later date. Should one wish to make a donation in her honor, her causes were: The American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Wildlife, Inc.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Aug. 7, 2016