Betty Louise Rizzi peacefully passed away in her sleep April13, 2008. She was born in Sacramento to Edward Albert and Gertrude Rose Keehner October 30, 1909, the oldest of three children. Betty grew up in Sacramento attending schools there, the last being Sacramento Junior College, now known as Sacramento City College. Shortly after graduation, Betty was hired as a clerk in the Sacramento City Library. She thoroughly enjoyed her position, and found pleasure when checking out books for many young children. Her work there continued until her marriage in 1935.
Betty met her future husband on a blind date to an evening Big Game (Aggies vs SacJC) football bonfire rally. She was married to Aldo Rizzi (deceased) October 20, 1935. Aldo had graduated from UC Davis and was working on campus. After marrying they made their home in Visalia, CA as Aldo worked in the Farm Advisors Office. Their three daughters were born there, beginning life in an agricultural town. Fourteen years later Aldo was offered a position as Extension Pomologist with UCD, and made the big move back to Davis. Housing was scarce, nothing on the market fit, so a new custom house was quickly built.
While growing up Betty enjoyed being a Campfire Girl, delighting in earning her honors. When older she joined the Native Daughters of the Golden West, becoming an active member and holding several offices; one being president. She has maintained her membership for over 70 years, and seen the name change from NDGW Coloma Parlors to NDGW Califia due to a change of location. She is also a member of the past presidents club. When her daughters were young Betty was active with the Brownies and Girl Scouts of America, and as a project leader in the Plainfield 4-H club. For many years she worked on the board in a neighborhood polling precinct. She is a member of St. James Catholic Church.
Betty enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and crocheting; traits she passed on to her daughters. She delighted in sharing all her baked goods with family/friends. She was an excellent jam maker and continued this passion up to a couple years ago. She found pleasure in sending greeting cards to family and friends all accompanied with personal handwritten notes.
Betty is survived by her daughters/sons-in-law: Betty Jean (Tom, deceased) Paro of Davis, Aldene Diane (Ron) Miller of Sacramento, Linda Louise (Don) Garland of Napa, five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, her brother Houston Keehner, sister Barbara (Keehner) Alger, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Betty will be remembered for her love of life, her easy laugh, her caring ways, and wonderful sense of humor. She has left a legacy of strength, vitality, love and laughter that will see her family through for many generations. As a mother, she was the best; as a friend there was none better. All who had the pleasure of knowing her will deeply miss her presence.
A time of visitation will be held Sunday, April 20, 2008 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 P.M. at Wiscombes Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D Street in Davis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 21, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B Street in Davis. Interment will follow at Davis Cemetery.