Betty Hooten


Betty Hooten Obituary
Betty June Hooten, 89, a 24-year resident of Concord, CA left Planet Earth in September.
She began her life in Franklin, IL and was known as the "Songbird of Illinois" by the time she was 10 because of her soprano talent. She graduated from Springfield High School in June 1942, just as she turned 17. A month later Betty married her high school sweetheart, William (Bill) J. Hooten. Betty then worked as a secretary for the State of Illinois while Bill turned into an Air Force pilot.
Through her married years Betty lived in Ohio, Missouri, Florida, Alabama, Illinois, Germany, France, and California. She traveled extensively in Europe, studied voice in Paris, and, after returning Stateside, continued her music education at the University of Redlands, graduating cum laude in voice in 1959.
Shortly after her divorce, Betty studied accounting and eventually became a stockbroker for then Dean Witter and Co. Eventually, Betty settled in Bakersfield, CA for an extended period of time and worked for Tosco Refining Co. When Tosco moved to Concord in 1990, they moved Betty, then 65.
After she retired at 71 from keeping track of oil and gas products, Betty studied tax accounting and joined the Concord H & R Block team from 1996-2009. She successfully became an Enrolled Agent and maintained that license annually until 2013. Betty's family and friends will remember her as super sharp, a reader, a consummate learner of new information, a tenacious Mama Bear protector of her children and grandchildren, a woman happily distracted by babies in restaurants, and as someone who appreciated witty or humorous comments.
Betty Hooten is survived by her daughter, Pamela Hooten (partner Karen Zumwalt), who taught for nine years at North High School, son David Hooten who went to East Bakersfield High, and her grandchildren, Matthew Hooten (Katie), Victoria B. Hooten, and Mason Hooten. Her ashes will find homes in Alaska and Oregon where her son and daughter live.
In honoring her wishes, no memorial service was held.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 8, 2014
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