Betty Pair's earthly problems disappeared Friday evening at 8 p.m. July 30, 2021. Betty passed away at age 91 of natural causes at the home of her daughter, Linda Whitaker who resides in Mississippi.
She was a native of Indiana moving to Bakersfield California as a barefoot child in a large family. She graduated from East Bakersfield High, class of 1948. Afterwards she attended Bible College and volunteered at bible camps. In short, she was educated, married and divorced in Bakersfield. She was a fun friend, mother, wife and church member of the Bakersfield First Assembly Church for decades. Definitely a woman of many interests some knew her as the Betty Pair because of her letters which were often published in the Bakersfield Californian on the opinion page.
She was an example to so many during her life all the way to the end. She loved being informed and busy. Much of her time before the first stroke, she work jobs were people needed her. She worked at a hospital at the nurse’s station and later ran a plastic surgeon's office. She worked at Dean Witter taking all the young pre Brokers and making sure their paperwork was in order for their exams in San Francisco. She was a caregiver for 9 years in Bakersfield. Then a volunteer at The Parks and Recreation Department, the Girl Scouts and to the UCSD Bakersfield campus House International students who were in the Intensive language Exchange program.
As a child, our house was always where you'd find all the neighborhood kids. It wasn't much different four decades later. Never having been a grandmother, she loved being a house mother to Kumiko from Japan and Beau from Thailand for two years. Other borders who came through or Russian, Chinese and Polish. Her house was where many of the students wanted to gather together and "share everything".
After the second stroke she was still a fighter. No longer was she able to write, speak or leave the bed, but no matter how impaired she was, she tried her hardest to be with others. She was predeceased by her husband Roland Pair, survived by her daughter Linda and son Ken Pair. Instead of a service, you can remember her by giving to one of her favorite charities.
Celebrate her life by donating to Future Farmers of America in her name, the Girl Scouts, a battered women's shelter or supporting any Native American Indian education program.
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