Betty Yndo is one of the first residents I met in King William back in 1997. She was showing my husband, Richard, and me around, as we thought we might like to live here. We did not buy a house from her, but she certainly sold us on the neighborhood. She pointed out fabulous historic homes and told us about gathering spots such as La Tuna Ice House. While not originally from San Antonio, Betty became an unofficial ambassador for King William, known and beloved by many in our historic section of downtown San Antonio.
Betty Gibson grew up on a farm in Stanton, Texas, where folk were welcomed by “3,000 friendly people and a few old soreheads.” After attending the Baylor School of Nursing, she married Dr. Don Gaddis, and they had two sons, Paul and David, and a daughter, Pam. Don died in 1972.
Betty first worked in real estate while living in Austin, where she loved working out of doors. She and her sons built cedar kit houses, ordered from Seattle, in Alpine and in Austin. Betty went on to convert a warehouse in Alpine into a seven-shop mini mall, taking advantage of a Small Business Administration loan for female entrepreneurs.