Born: December 30, 1917
Entered into Rest : January 6, 2012
Passed peacefully from this earth January 6 of this New Year, 2012, in her home of over 60 years surrounded by her family. Born in Vallejo, California on December 30, 1917, she lived nearly all of a long and fulfilled life of 94 years in Fair Oaks, California. Skipping two grades in elementary school, at age 16 she graduated valedictorian of her San Juan High School class, and, at age 20, graduated from San Jose State College with a double major in music and education, and, a minor in English. A talented musician, Betty Anne was well admired as a pianist/organist for the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church where she began playing at the amazing and tender age of 15, only to retire decades later while in her late 80’s. Married in 1941, and, then, a widowed mother of three for 56 years, she was devoted to her family and friends. In 1980, after teaching 25 years at John Holst Elementary School, the beloved second grade teacher retired. Many will remember her for her clever, original, and often humorous plays and poems, and, the hundreds of weddings and funerals for which she played. Throughout her life she was active in many community and music organizations, and, after retirement from teaching, in addition to those organizations and her music, she kept busy as a church and community volunteer and grandmother. She is predeceased by her late husband, Edwin Hartzel McArthur, former principal of San Juan High School, and three brothers, Handley, Stephen, and Robert Ward. Betty Anne is survived by her sister Joyce Nelson of Gold River, and her (Betty Anne’s) three children: Richard (Trish) McArthur of Nevada, their two daughters and four children; Robert (Susie) McArthur of New Jersey, their five sons and a daughter with eleven children (another on the way); and Nancy (David) Illig of Fair Oaks and their daughter Sarah. In all, Betty Anne leaves a legacy of 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Thank you, mom, for your great devotion and faithful witness.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church Music Ministry or the American Cancer Society.