Dansby March 30, 1911 – August 9, 2007

Gussie O. Dansby, a lifelong resident of Brazos County, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to a joyful reunion with her beloved husband, Horace P. Dansby Jr., on Thursday, August 9, 2007 at the age of 96. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Tim Owens at 2 p.m. Monday, August 13 at First Baptist Church in Bryan with burial to follow at Kurten Cemetery, a cemetery founded by Gussie’s grandfather, Henry Kurten.

She was born in Kurten, Texas, on March 30, 1911, the fifth of six children to Dr. and Mrs. Willie F. Odom. Her musical talents were recognized at an early age when she played organ and piano accompaniment as a pre-teen in her Kurten Church. She graduated from Bryan High School and attended Baylor University.  She married her high school sweetheart, Horace Dansby, in February 1933. During their courtship, Gussie recalled attending Texas A&M vs. Baylor football games when Horace played quarterback for the Aggies, and cheering for the Aggies while secretly praying for the Bears.

Horace and Gussie had four children: Ann, Horace III, Norma and Danny. While she had high standards and expectations for her family, she balanced them beautifully with her warm love and affection. After Horace’s death in 2001, Gussie continued to provide encouragement, spiritual and financial aid to her children and rapidly expanding family. She often referred to her family (tree), comparing it to a Christmas tree: She was the top ornament and her children were the branches. Her grandchildren were the lower branches and her great-grandchildren filled out the bottom branches of the tree.

Her tree currently includes her children, Ann Kelbly of Bryan, Dr. Horace P. Dansby III of Fort Meyers, Fla., Norma Smith and husband, Richard, of Bryan, and Dr. Daniel M. Dansby and wife, Gray, of Dallas; 14 grandchildren, John Kelbly and wife, Elaine, Kay Kelbly, Carolyn Bates and husband, Darren, Jeff Kelbly and wife, Kelly, Rachel Goode and husband, Mark, Leah McAlister and husband, John, the Rev. Jonathan Dansby and wife, Amelia, Ami Brimhall and husband, Joe, Jennifer Sue Briggs and husband, Stephen, Sandra Singer and husband, Jeff, Diane Engdahl and husband, Eric, Sharon Pittman and husband, Steve, Katherine Powell and husband, Brad, and Emily Kaler and husband, Jacob; and 28 great-grandchildren, Ashlyn, Erin and Kalyn Kelbly, West and Justin Allen, Emma Bates, Morgan and Jacob Kelbly, Jakob and Caleb McAlister, Joshua, Benjamin and Daniel Kelly, Kristin and Andrew Singer, Courtney, Matthew, Jennifer and Morgan Adamez, Jack Burley, Melissa and Bradley Pittman, Patrick, Margaret and Christopher Powell and Andrew, Katie and Sarah Kaler.

Gussie was looking forward to welcoming her 29th great-granddaughter to her family tree in September of 2007.

Gussie, Mimi to her family, lived in her home with dignity and amazing independence until the week before the Lord called her home. In every conversation with her family, she always inserted the observation, “We have been truly blessed by the Lord.” We rejoice in her life and are thankful that she is now among that “great cloud of heavenly witnesses” watching and encouraging us here until we are reunited again.

[Published in the Bryan-College Station Eagle]

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