Betsy Gessell Larkin

Betsy Gessell Larkin, 80, of Dallas, TX, passed away on May 1, 2022 – the 29th anniversary of her father’s death. Mother of three, Cookie Grandma to six grandchildren and one great-grandson, she lived 80 years and deserves to be beautifully remembered.

She was a military spouse, a firefighter’s wife, and a widow. Betsy worked for 30 years at Chicago Title in the Park Cities office. She beat cancer twice before but was recently diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer and chose to live out her remaining days at home, in hospice care. She graduated from Highland Park High School in 1959 and later attended Hendrix College and Southern Methodist University. Her family would like to extend special thanks to Chicago Title’s Craig Penfold and Shayla Bell for all of the extra kindness and care they have given our mom over the past year. 

Betsy was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer T. Gessell and Betty Strickland Gessell of Dallas, TX, and her husband Pat Henderson of Presque Isle, Maine, T.W Larkin of Melissa, TX, and John Kerr of Fort Worth, TX. She is survived by her son John Kerr Larkin of Dallas; son Scott Kerr Larkin, his wife Gerri Ellen and step-daughter Ryann Adams of Collierville, TN; grandsons Nick Larkin and Chris Larkin of Collierville, TN; grandson Jonathan Larkin, his wife Taylor and their son Koda of Tulsa, OK; daughter Julie Henderson Niehoff and her husband CJ Niehoff of Austin, TX; step-granddaughter Jade Niehoff of Arlington, TX; grandson Calen Niehoff and granddaughter Grace Niehoff of Austin, TX. She was laid to rest next to her mother and father at Restland Cemetery in Dallas on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in the section Whispering Waters.

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