Betty Hesse Forsten

Betty Hesse Forsten was born as Betty Barabara Baldridge in Denton, Texas on September 9, 1933, as the only child of Catherine Martin and William Karnes “Sonny” Baldridge. She peacefully went to Heaven on February 24, 2024, at the age of 90.

Betty attended North Texas State University and graduated from the University of Houston with an accounting degree in 1953. In 1956, at the age of 22, she made history by becoming the youngest CPA ever in the state of Texas, and as a female too!

She married Clyde Everett Hesse in 1952. They were married for 25 years and had three sons together, Mark, Mike, and Steve.

For the past 43 years, Betty Hesse Forsten and Alfred Forsten have been married, traveling the world and living a wonderful life.

Betty was most passionate about her family. She leaves behind her three sons, their wives, four grandchildren, one grandson in-law and one great-grandson: Mark (Angela) Hesse; Mike (Rosie) Hesse, granddaughter Cathy Jo (Justin) O’Bannon, great-grandson Everett O’Bannon, grandson Steve E. Hesse; and Steve (Amanda) Hesse, grandchildren Stephanie and Carson Hesse. She is also survived by her husband Al and his son and his wife, Al (Tammy) Forsten, Jr., grandchildren Skyler, Whitney, and Andrew (Jenna) Forsten, great-grandchildren Hudson, Declan; daughter Lisa (Carlos) Vela-Garza, grandchildren Salena, Frankie, and Roxanne Hernandez; and daughter Barbara (Don) Moreau.

Betty and Al are devoted Christians and longtime members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, in Nassau Bay.  A memorial service will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 10:30 11:30 a.m., with a luncheon to follow from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The livestream link for the memorial service isGloria Dei Lutheran Church (  A viewing will be held the day before, Wednesday, March 13, 2024, between 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  at Crowder Funeral Home located at 111 East Medical Center Blvd. in Webster. Betty made very clear that in lieu of flowers, she prefers all who are able, to contribute to the Gloria Dei Church Endowment Fund.

A celebration of life event to follow, most likely in May, with the exact date yet to be determined.


  1. WE LOVE YOU MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mark E Hesse
  2. Betty you were the best next door neighbor! I feel so blessed to have shared all the beautiful memories with you like the mother daughter teas and my children’s graduation parties. Heaven has gained a new angel ♥️♥️♥️

    Melinda Marcum
  3. She was a wonderful neighbor, kind, thoughtful and classy lady who will be missed by everyone that knew her! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Al and all of her family.

    Kelly & Charlie Jenkins
  4. So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go to you and all your family. Ann & John

    Ann Thayer
  5. We extend our deepest sympathy to Mark Hesse and all family. She certainly lived a very blessed and full life!!
    Ernie and Marlys Collins

    ernest collins
  6. What a beautiful lady !! Betty is dancing with the beautiful Angels 😇 Prayers

    Paul Cargill
  7. My sincerest condolences to the Hesse family. May her memory be a blessing to all of you. God bless your mom.

    Manny Mones
  8. So very sorry for this loss. We treasure the memories of our adventures with Betty and Al. You will be so missed Betty. Such a beautiful lady.

    Diane and Bob Halloway
  9. Sorry to read about your Mom passing away. Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family

    Myra & John Levandowski
  10. Betty was a great lady and I feel so fortunate to have known her. We both served on the endowment committee back in the day. We stayed friends for many years and she was so respected and admired by me. I saw her last year at the Galentine’s Day event at the Mediterraneo Market Cafe last February. She gave me the biggest hug and told me how proud she was of me. What a great example she was of a smart, driven business woman and a big supporter of other women in the business. She will be greatly missed!

    Tamra Gann-Curry
  11. So sorry for you loss. I know Betty was a great mother and grandmother and will be missed by many. I am praying for your family. Lisa

    Lisa Vogel
  12. Betty was my boss at Gulf Coast Authority for many years. She was the Director of Finance. She was responsible for any success I enjoyed. We had many discussions about government accounting theory over the years. She was passionate about the field. It was a pleasure to serve under her.

    Paul Lessard
  13. Carol and I always enjoyed or time with Betty much of it on trips abroad with Al and Betty, she was indeed a classy lady and she will be missed.

    M Scott Greene
  14. Betty may have been a real Christian, but Alfred Forsten is not a devout Christian, he is an abusive monster! I am leaving this here simply because my kids are being kept from me by Alfred Forsten blackmailing and threatening his own grandkids. I never kept my kids away from the Forsten because I didn’t want it being done to me. I’ll let them make their own decision after their father, Alfred, Herman Forsten, Jr. threaten to kill me and our entire family and assaulted me a number of times. His father, Alfred, Hermann Forsten, Sr. threatened to take my children if I divorced Al Jr. they also broke into my home and stalked me. He even called my family and cut me off for my family trying to find dirt on me. Of course, there wasn’t any! Several people warned me, but try telling that to someone who needs neurosurgery and is slowly dying after having her medical record stolen after being assaulted by Al, Jr. I should be a millionaire right now, but instead, I’m homeless because of this family and their network! This was also done to his first wife, Marilyn Forsten as well. I learned a lot from Betty. Devout Christians don’t do this to people! I did everything I could to help Al Jr. and it nearly cost me my life. Cut, cutting me off for my family is not a Christian thing at all! If you want to do something in her memory, help make this right, and get me back in touch with my kids! I cannot deny what happened to me no victim and domestic violence should have to lie saying something didn’t happen when it in fact, did! #TheStoriesDontMakeSenseUntilYouTryToLeave!

    Stormy Hayes

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