Betty Lou, passed away peacefully March 17, 2022. She was born in Oakland, CA to Wilfred and Marie Peterson, and grew up in Campbell along with her three sisters where she graduated from Campbell High School in 1951. Betty earned her Business Degree from San Jose State University. She married and lived in Santa Clara where she raised two daughters, Elaine and Denise. As a devoted mother, she modeled community service by serving for many years on the Parent-Teacher Association, Girl Scout Leader, working election days, collecting money annually for the American Red Cross, and was active in her SJSU Phi Mu Sorority Alumni. She was recognized for her service by being nominated Woman of the Year. She divorced in 1973 and moved her daughters to Campbell to be nearer to family. As a working single mom, she demonstrated her hard work ethic by obtaining her Real Estate license of which she enjoyed selling homes and purchased her first of what would later be several income properties. In the mid-seventies, she supported her daughters with a consistent paycheck by working in the Campbell High School District. In 1977 she became one of the first woman sales representatives for California State Automobile Association where she worked for twenty-five plus years until her retirement. Shortly after, Betty made the family cabin in Paradise Park Masonic Club in Santa Cruz into her permanent home where she enjoyed life in the redwoods.
Betty will long be remembered for her spunk, strong work ethic, generosity, sharp sense of humor, and her fun-loving spirit. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Betty is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Brian Calverley, daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Craig Peterson, grandchildren Jeffrey Peterson, Kayla Johnson and her husband Sean, Kristy Peterson, Brendan Calverley, and Kaitlyn Calverley, her sisters Susan Schmidt and Joyce Raust, as well as her nieces, nephews, and their families.
Betty enjoyed attending the SJ Symphony and Pops concerts with her longtime friends, gambling, the SF Giants and 49ers, tennis, and golf. Her favorite activities were reading, basking in the sun at the beach, snorkeling, going on tours, cruising, and winning in Vegas. She was happiest when she combined her passion for travel in the company of her family and friends. One of her more memorable adventures was a trip with thirteen family members including her 81-year-old father, as they discovered their roots touring Scandinavia by mail boat, bus, and train. She proudly introduced her grandchildren to the culture, history, and beauty of Europe where she took each one on their Grand Tour; trips they all found educational and memorable.
The family would like to thank the staff at Maple House II in Santa Cruz for their considerate care and support these past six months. They also wish to thank and acknowledge the compassionate care administered this past year by Santa Cruz Palliative Care and Hospice of Santa Cruz.
Betty’s family bid her a loving farewell at Los Gatos Memorial Park Cemetery on March 24th, where she is buried next to her parents, favorite aunt, “Betty”, and older sister, Maryevelyn Bartholomew. A Celebration of Betty’s Life is being planned for later. Rather than flowers, please consider donating to your local Charity of choice, or to Betty’s favorite ones: Hospice of Santa Cruz, the American Heart Association, or Relay for Life.
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