Betty Condra

19470521 –


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When admiring an architectural wonder like the Empire State Building, one often refers to its 102 stories, the 1,589,875 steps required to climb to the top, or the over 200,000 cubic feet of limestone and granite used to create its stunning exterior. One rarely marvels at its foundation – fifty five feet deep – built to support 365,000 tons of metal and stone. While hidden from view, it is that foundation which allows 4,000,000 people to visit its observatories each year.

Betty M. Condra was and is the foundation of our family and many of the good works that have helped so many in our community.

Betty was born Betty Ann Moore in Vernon, Texas on May 21, 1947 to Cecil Ray and Lois Evelyn (Norris) Moore. Her family soon moved to Plainview, Texas where Betty graduated from high school in 1965. Betty attended Texas Tech University and received a degree in Child Development. It was there that she met and married Gary D. Condra on December 23, 1967. Their marriage would last until his death in 2015.

Betty worked at the Merrick home and then South Plains Electric Cooperative as a home economist until the birth of her first child, Thomas Clayton Condra in 1969. That child would soon been joined by her daughter Merinda Kathryn Condra in 1970.

In 1975, Betty and Gary moved to Ft. Stockton where Betty became a teacher. It was there that Betty became acutely aware of the needs of children with learning differences. During her time in Ft. Stockton, Betty commuted to Sul Ross University to obtain her Master’s Degree in Education Administration.

In 1982, Betty and Gary moved back to Lubbock and Gary ran for Congress in an attempt to make important changes to Ag policy. At that time, Betty obtained her Real Estate license and began working in real estate. She became very involved in Democratic politics serving for many years as the representative from this area to the State Democratic Executive Committee. Her goal was to make the world a better place. She served on many state and local boards in service of that goal.

In 2002, she helped start Adoption Covenant, a nonprofit child-placing agency and is the reason Adoption Covenant helped over 600 children find their forever homes. She has been the inspiration behind the creation of the Elementary School for Education Innovation (ESEI) a free charter school with a focus on individualized learning and serving children with learning differences.

But those accomplishments do not even begin to capture her essence. One of her former classmates would put it better – Betty saw me, she knew my name, she made me feel I mattered. Betty saw so many people, she saw their heart, she saw their potential, and she believed in them and gave them the strength and courage to go forward.

Betty M. Condra is our heart and we will carry her with us every day. She accomplished her goal. Because she was here, the world is a better place.

She is survived by her son, Clay Condra, and wife Christy and their children, Mallory, Hunter, and Madison; her daughter Merinda K. Condra, and her daughters, Emma and Elle; nieces and nephews and many many friends who will love her forever.

Services will be held at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers, 6025 82nd Street on Sunday November 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm with reception to follow. 


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to ESEI, PO Box 2468, Lubbock, TX 79408


9 thoughts on “Betty Condra”

  1. Betty, you are a blessing to us and a gift to the world. Your servants heart is model for the rest of us. I’m happy for you that you are reunited with your husband but know that you will be forever missed. The world has lost an incredible person. Sending you love!

  2. Betty, you were an amazing woman, and one of God’s gifts to earth. You had such a selfless loving heart, and a pure genuine soul… You helped me in my darkest most secret time in my life and I am grateful to have had the chance to talk with you, hear your past and your stories, and to have been given your advice.. There are not many like you here on this earth… I know you are happy to be reunited with your husband and to finally be pain free .. I pray you enjoy resting in peace in your husbands arms, in God’s kingdoms for eternity…. I know you will be there waiting for all you have left behind here on this earth… God bless you Betty.. And thank you for everything you have done for me, my children, our lives, and for everybody elses life you impacted!!! You will be truly missed.. This is not Goodbye, this is See you later!!! Rest peacefully you beautiful soul.

  3. Such a presence , willing to be apart of things that matter. To contribute to better of this world. What I knew of Betty was little , but each time, just a pleasure.
    I pray peace to all her loved ones and caregivers.

  4. At family reunions, you were the one I always gravitated towards. Our sense of humor matched and our view of the world was aligned. Your smile and wit was warming to all. Your giving attitude and grace helped to keep those around you feeling safe and connected. You gave two beautiful souls to the world in Merinda and Clay and all of your grandchildren were blessed by your love and guidance in their lives. You will be missed terribly, but the love and sense of community you gave to all will continue with those of us that were fortunate enough to have been the recipients of your gifts. You will live on in my heart.

  5. Betty, I admired you so much and loved knowing your generous spirit and the strength of how much you cared for others. You are so missed and so loved. Peace be to you and comfort be to your family.

  6. Joe & Jonnie Walker Trimble

    You Mom was a big part of the Plainview Class of 1965. Just the beginning of a life of giving to others. We send our sincere sympathy to each of you who loved her. May God give you peace during this sad time.

  7. LaNelle (Adams) Farris

    May God be with the family of Betty. She was a classmate of mine, and I remember her smile and kind words she had for everyone. God’s blessings!

  8. Marinda & Clay, your precious mother was my friend when we were children. Our families both attended the little Aiken Methodist Church when Betty Ann & I were youngsters. Often after church service, we went home with each other & spent glorious Sunday afternoons just exploring each other’s respective farms. I remember once riding with Cecil Ray & Mrs. Moore to one of their other farms. I just have many fond memories of their beautiful, peaceful home, Betty’s wonderful parents, Betty’s Navy brother Cy, and my friendship with Betty Ann. Unfortunately our little church closed & we each went separate ways because she attended school in Plainview and I went to school in Lockney. We never reconnected but that great young lady, your mother, will never be forgotten! God be with you!

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