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Betty McCabe
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Betty LaVaun McCabe, 89, died in Myrtle Creek, Oregon on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 after a three year battle with cancer.

She was the daughter of James W. and Eva (Corson) McCabe, born in Modesto, California on June 7, 1923 and was a descendant of early Stanislaus County families McCabes, Fitzpatricks, and Patrones. She attended local schools and graduated from Modesto High School in 1940. She met Don Richards in High School. They married in November of 1941 and had three children.

After Don's death, Betty met and married Blake Deadmond of Modesto. They had two children.

She worked many years as a waitress at the lunch counter in the San Francisco Fruit Market on Ninth Street in Modesto (later Angelo's Market). In 1984 she joined the Board of the Modesto Citizen's Cemetery and later served as President of the Board. She started working in the Cemetery as a volunteer and then as a paid employee. While there, in close conjunction with the Stanislaus County Genealogical Society, she diligently updated and corrected the Cemetery records. From 1995 to 2003, she was the Office Manager for both Modesto Citizen's Cemetery and Modesto Pioneer Cemetery. In 2003 she retired from both cemeteries and moved to Myrtle Creek, Oregon.

Survivors include her son, Jim (Tanya) Richards of Reno, Nevada; daughter Janice Skiles of Escalon; son and caretaker, Glen Richards of Myrtle Creek, Oregon; daughter Marla (Adam) Fisher of Hilmar, and step-daughter, Dee Oaks of Modesto; 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by both husbands; son Melvin Deadmond (cystic fibrosis), and step-son, Bill Dickens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cystic-Fibrosis Foundation, P.O. Box 52074, Phoenix, AZ 85072-2074; Amedisys Hospice Care, 2510 NW Edenbower Blvd, (Suite 112), Roseburg, OR 97471; or a charity of your choice.

A Graveside Service was held on Friday, Feb. 15 at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson.

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The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Feb. 20, 2013