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Bellmeda Avila Bettincourt
July 28, 1921 March 31, 2010
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Bellmeda (Belle) Bettincourt, 88, passed away on Wednesday at Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Mrs. Bettincourt was a native of Hughson. She attended Hughson schools and Modesto Junior College. Belle lived in Modesto for 58 years then moved back to Hughson in 2004, as a resident of Samaritan Village.
Belle was president of the Salida Mother's Club from 1957-1958. She was a licensed vocational nurse for 10 years and worked at Scenic General Hospital. Belle was a professional artist, known for her realistic old barns and houses and was a member of the Central California Art League.
During her lifetime, she was a member of the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharist Minister, St. Anthony's Catholic Church, and she belonged to Our Lady of Fatima Senior Club, St. Stanislaus Church Senior Club, and the Modesto YLI #110 and Hughson YLI #193.
Belle is survived by children, David C. Bettincourt (Phyllis) of Vernon, Ariz., and Janice A. Dunkel (Leonard) of Modesto; sisters, Rose Bettencourt and Nellie Presson, both of Ceres, and Emily Bunch of Hughson; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Carl Bettincourt, who passed away April 16, 1997. They worked side by side on their farm on Hart Road in Modesto for many years.
A Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on April 9 at St. Anthony’s Church, Fox Road, Hughson followed by a viewing from noon to 4 p.m. at Lakewood Funeral Home Chapel. Rosary will be at 10 a.m. on April 10 at Lakewood Funeral Home Chapel, with interment to follow. Lakewood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Contributions may be made to Country Manor of Samaritan Village, 7700 Fox Road, Hughson, CA 95326, Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 2201 Euclid Ave., Hughson, CA 95326, or the Alzheimer's Aid Society-Research, 2641 Cottage Way, Ste. 4, Sacramento, CA 95825.
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