Getzendaner, Elizabeth Lander Elizabeth Lander Getzendaner passed away peacefully at the age of 87 at her home in Waxahachie on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. She was born February 21, 1925 in Victoria, Texas, and moved to Waxahachie with her family at the age of five. She was the daughter of Oscar McVean Lander and Vivian Holland Lander. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, William Hamilton Getzendaner of Waxahachie, and her siblings, Clarence Lander of Waco, Frank Lander of Houston, and Susan Lander Bowman of Houston. She is survived by her brother Traylor Lander of Dallas; son William Hamilton Getzendaner Jr. and his wife Kathi of Waxahachie; her daughter Elizabeth Getzendaner Cunliffe and her husband John also of Waxahachie; grandchildren Adam Hallmark and wife Angie, William H. . Getzendaner III, Blake Getzendaner, Katie Getzendaner, Frances Badgett, and Russell Badgett; great-grandchildren Ethan Hallmark, Quinn Hallmark, Chloe Hallmark, and William H. Getzendaner IV (Little Bill); and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Getzendaner was descended from Texas pioneers. Her maternal great-grandfather, Colonel William Benjamin Traylor, was a prominent rancher in Victoria and Calhoun counties. Her maternal grandfather, Clarence St. Elmo Holland, was instrumental in the creation of the Gulf Intra Coastal Waterway. Her father, Oscar Lander, was a rancher and oilman in Ellis County and initiated the Terrace Conservation Program for the Texas Agricultural Department and helped found the Ellis County Livestock Association. Betty, as she was known by her friends, was a remarkable woman in her own right. After graduating from The Hockaday School for Girls in Dallas, she attended The University of Texas at Austin where she received her degree. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. She married Bill Getzendaner in May 1946, and like her husband, was an active member of the community. A firm believer in community service, Betty held many positions throughout her lifetime. One of her proudest achievements was that the Waxahachie Junior Service League was founded on her front porch and she served as its first president. She was extremely proud of how the League continued to grow over the years, now serving more than thirty local charities. She served on the boards of many local organizations including CASA, Waxahachie Parks and Recreation, and the Salvation Army. She was a member and past president of the Waxahachie Gardeners Limited and a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America. She was also a member of the Dallas Women's Club. Mrs. Getzendaner was a generous supporter of many local charities. She tutored for the Boys and Girls Club, was a case worker for CASA, and volunteered at Hope Clinic. Always politically active, Betty was a member of the National Republican Committee during the Eisenhower years, the Eagle Forum of Dallas and the local Tea Party. Betty also loved to have fun. An avid golfer, she was a member of the Waxahachie Country Club and the Brookhollow Golf Club in Dallas, She and Bill loved to travel and took many memorable trips with their friends. She was a charter member of the Alarm Clock Club, the Fun Club and the Tuesday Night Tennis Club. She enjoyed playing bridge and Mah Jongg with the girls. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 13 at the Waxahachie Bible Church, 621 N Grand Avenue, Waxahachie, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to CASA, Hope Clinic, Salvation Army, Sims Library, or the Ellis County SPCA.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 9, 2012