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 Betty Jane <I>Lauterio</I> Roth

Betty Jane Lauterio Roth

Chico, Butte County, California, USA
Death 16 Jan 2017 (aged 97)
Chico, Butte County, California, USA
Burial Chico, Butte County, California, USA
Memorial ID 175485023 · View Source
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Betty Jane Roth, born on September 28, 1919 and passed away in her own home January 16, 2017 She was the daughter of Edward Lauterio, and Pansy Boatright Lauterio. She was born in Chico, and lived her entire life in the town she was extremely proud to call her home. Her photo was entered in the Most Beautiful Baby contest in 1919 and she won the title.
That photo was used as the invitation for her 90th birthday celebration, much to her dismay. She attended St. John the Baptist School, where she played the organ for the church and loved grocery shopping for the nuns, some of whom she kept in touch with, for years to come. BJ, as she was sometimes referred to, met the love of her life, Jim Roth, another native Chicoan while attending Chico schools. She graduated from Chico High School in 1937 and Chico State College in 1941, where she was a Sigma Kappa. She would drive back and forth to the University of California at Berkeley to visit Jim on week-ends during their college years. After graduating they were married in the St. John's Catholic Church on January 1, 1942, before Jim was commissioned to Alaska in the US Army. He came back to Chico, where they built their first home on Arbutus and Palmetto Avenues, and began their family consisting of two daughters, Michaele and Carla. Soon they built their new home, on Filbert Avenue, not far from their first little house, and moved in, in 1951. Betty Jane lived there the rest of her life. She loved her garden, which was featured in House Beautiful magazine in 1954, and was the venue for many garden tours and enchanting warm evening parties. The girls' friends were always welcome, so she and Jim often had a houseful of teenagers both in Chico, and at their Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe cabin, where they would spend hours pulling the young friends on waterskis behind their boat. Betty Jane spent every summer there, even after her beloved Jim passed away at age 59. She also continued to participate in numerous civic activities, which she and Jim began early in their lives together. She was a charter member of the Chico State Associates, as well as a founding member of the Butte Creek Country Club. Betty Jane and Jim enjoyed many years as members of The Dance Club, and she was an active member of the Beta Chapter of the Omega Nu Foundation. They were the primary donors of the Roth Planetarium at Chico State University in 1976, and in 1996, twenty years later, she established a Charitable Remainder Unitrust for the Planetarium to ensure it's existence for years to come. In 2001, she was made a member of the Enloe Foundation Guardian Circle for her contribution toward the renovation of the waiting room for Enloe Hospital's Emergency Room. Following in her husband's footsteps, in 1986 she was given the Paul Harris Fellow Award by the Chico Rotary Club Foundation. She was an active of the Chico Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Chico Business Association, because of her interest in keeping businesses in the downtown area. She and Jim had invested in downtown properties, because of their love of their hometown. She had numerous friends of all ages with whom she enjoyed many evenings laughing and sharing meals. She loved her friends, with whom she played bridge, and later traveled with on cruises to the Far East. She had a rich long life, surrounded by devoted and loving Caretakers, Rosie Inzunza, Kelley Palfini, Jessica Brandt, Dubravka Stewart, Hannah Porteous, Maddy Cardosa, Katie Harrell and many others who had taken care of her over the last years of her life. Lastly, she relied on Jeff Dearden, who oversaw her properties, and was able to repair or fix just about anything. Betty Jane is survived by her daughter Michaele Thunen, and her partner Ed Haverty, of Berkeley, her daughter Carla and her husband David Nasaw, of Ross, CA, her only grandson, J.D. Nasaw of New York City, her 94 year old sister, Mary Helen Bennett of Chico, her niece Vicki Lee Gunn of Paradise, her two nephews Ed Bennett and his wife Jan, of Redmond, WA, and Dale Bennett and his wife Sheryl of Chico, CA and her best friend and buddy, Lucie, her sweet Havanese, who was at her side up to the very end. A private burial for the family will be held on Saturday, January 21 at the Chico Cemetery. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life will be held later in the Spring, when her much-loved garden will be in full bloom. Arrangements are under the direction of Brusie Funeral Home.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 19, 2017

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  • Created by: Steven R. Goff
  • Added: 18 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 175485023
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Betty Jane Lauterio Roth (28 Sep 1919–16 Jan 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175485023, citing Chico Cemetery, Chico, Butte County, California, USA ; Maintained by Steven R. Goff (contributor 47520734) .