Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Testament to my Mother
Born 4/11/1934 - Died 7/9/2007
"Betty" is survived by her 3 children Kristie, Stephen and Richard. 8 grandchildren, Shannon, Joey, Stephanie, Casey, Sara, Stephen, Jamie and Sierra and 9 great-grandchildren.
Betty was born and raised in Portage, Wisconsin. Here is a link to her obituary in the Portage paper http://www.wiscnews.com/pdr/obits/200833
Betty was born and raised in Portage, WI.
She married and moved to California with her husband and three kids. Betty divorced in 1965 and found herself a single mom with three kids to support and no job skills.
She waited tables at first to support her 3 children, while doing that she taught herself how to keypunch, then working as a keypunch operator she learned to operate main frame computers. While doing data entry and operating, she studied and learn two programming languages. She ended up as a data processing manager after a long career as a skilled computer programmer. She resided in Simi Valley, California for most of her adult life, after retirement she move to Sacramento to be close to her three granddaughters.
Betty was a pretty remarkable woman, working in a field that was primarily a man's field, during the days when women were not paid equally, nor valued as employees. She supported 3 kids by working 2 and 3 jobs. Paid for her house and made sure there was food and clothing. She died peacefully surrounded by her granddaughters and her daughter. Her ex-husband paid for her cremation.
My mother taught me that anything is possible if I put my mind to doing it and do so without fear, it has helped me have a fulfilling and happy life. I admire her greatly.