Bettye Patton Gilstrap was born in Silverton, Texas on 1/30/1930 and departed for her next journey on the morning of December 28, 2016. Bettye graduated from Stark High School in 1948 in Orange, Texas and was employed with Dupont Chemical Company for 36 years. She retired in 1985 and followed her dream to move to Colorado, residing in Montrose. Bettye was and avid golfer and spent many happy days at Black Canyon Golf Club. There, she developed many meaningful friendships that remained throughout her life. Bettye has many interests and was truly engaged in life, but especially loved the outdoors, cooking, her many dogs and friends, and being active. She was generous, gentle and kind, always willing to help whenever there was a need. She will be incredibly missed, but her spirit will continue to live on. She is survived by her daughter, Melissa S. Bland; sister, and brother in law, Donna and Barney Treadway; nephew, Barney Raymond; nieces, Alyssa and Brandi and not to be forgotten is her loving canine companion, Maddie. Gifts in memory of Bettye may be sent to: Hope West, In Loving Memory of Bettye Gilstrap, 725 4th Street, Montrose, Colorado 81401. Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors (970) 240-9870.