2013-08-08 / Obituaries

Elizabeth Ann Deardorff

Betsey Deardorff passed away suddenly July 6, 2013 at her home in Coulterville.

She had lived in or near Coulterville since 1986 when she and her late husband, Alvan Deardorff, bought The Talc Lode Mining Claim on Schillings Road. After he died in 2008, she moved to a home on Ferry Road where she lived until her passing.

Betsey was born Aug. 30, 1939, in San Mateo, the daughter of Joseph Hermes Prein and Josephine Marion Wilson Prein. She grew up in Menlo Park and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School in 1957. She attended San Jose State University before leaving to start a family.

Although she always wanted to become a commercial artist or an interior decorator, Betsey spent her career as an accountant for the family moving company, an electrical contractor, and owner of a pizza inn. She also raised and bred champion Duroc hogs, prepared tax returns and worked for the Salvation Army and the U.S. Postal Service.

Before Alvan Leroy Deardorff, she was married to James Ray Reynolds and later to Theodore Harry Hilton. She gave birth to four children who produced seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She is survived by a sister, Janice Marion Williams, of Las Vegas; step mother, Bernyce Prein of Scotts Valley, Calif.; three daughters, Martha (Tim) Hawkins of Scotts Valley; and Kathryn Reynolds of Tacoma, Wash.; Josephine (Darin) Nielsen of Oakdale; one son, James (Belinda) Reynolds of Oakdale; stepsons Frank Hilton and Dale Deardorff; grandchildren, Cora (Remo) Maggiora of San Jose; Annette (Richard) Vande Pol, of Ripon; Julia Reynolds-Walsh, Joseph Reynolds-Walsh, Emily Reynolds-Walsh of Tacoma; Hunter Mattos and Harrison Mattos of Oakdale; and great-grandchildren Paolo Maggiora, Anna Vande Pol and Robin Vande Pol.

No memorial service will be held. Final placement of Betsy’s remains will be handled by the family.

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