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Betty Jo Sedwick

1937 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Betty Jo Sedwick Obituary
Betty Jo Sedwick was born on January 27, 1937 in Bluejacket, OK to Velma and William Wilson. She was born premature weighing under 3 pounds. The doctor told her grandmother to wrap her up, there was no hope of her living. Her grandmother gently took Betty into her arms, wrapped her up and said "Where there is life there is hope." She put her in a shoe box and placed her near the oven to keep her warm. Out of pure will to live and good old fashion stubbornness, Betty lived 78 years.
She was raised by her grandparents in Oklahoma until she was 16. At 16 she met the handsome Leslie "Gabby" Sedwick. Betty was all dressed up for a date with Gabby's younger brother who, as fate would have it, stood her up. Gabby stepped in and took her to the dance, a few months later they were married.
Betty and Gabby were married for 50 years before his passing in 2003.
Shortly after the wedding Gabby and Betty headed to California to build their life together. Both of them hard working. They bounced around a little bit but ended up in Bakersfield California working at "The Milk Jug Dairy" Gabby milked cows and Betty worked at the store "The Milk Jug". There they raised 3 daughters of their own but helped to raise a village of others. It was not uncommon for Betty to open her home to a friend or family member in need of a place to stay and a warm meal.
Children and family were the most important thing in Betty's life. She was known for saying "Every old crow thinks hers is the blackest," meaning every Momma/Nana thinks her children are the prettiest.
It was not only people that Betty loved. She was a sucker for anything with a fury face. She loved her birds, her cats and her dogs. If there was a cat or a dog anywhere around, you can be sure Betty Jo was trying to feed it.
Betty also was an avid Yankees fan, and although she loved Gabby dearly, part of her heart would always belong to Mickey Mantle.
Betty was a natural gardener. She always had a garden full of vegetables that she would happily fry up for and served to her family. Any plant that came into her hands was sure to grow up bigger and stronger because of her green thumb. Still in her back yard today are a few desk top Christmas trees that she took home from work, planted and now are taller than her house.
Betty also enjoyed a cold beer and was not shy about asking for one!
After Betty left the dairy she worked for a while at a janitorial service, then went to work at B&R oilfield services. She worked in the office for over 15 years and made friends with everyone she met. She was a mother hen to all.
Betty was always happy to see her friends and family. If she knew you were coming over she would greet you in the driveway with a hug and a smile and when it was time for you to leave, no matter if you had been there an hour or a week, she would say "you don't have to rush off!" She would walk you to the car to give you a kiss and remind you that she loved you.
Betty never had a driver's license, but that didn't slow her down. Although never driving herself, she was an amazing back seat driver! Anywhere she wanted to go Gabby would drive her and sit and wait in their old truck while she did her business.
In the end Alzheimer's took her mind, but her love for her family, children and animals never faded. Betty passed away in her home in the early hours of the morning on June 24, 2015. She was proceeded in death by her loving husband Leslie "Gabby" Sedwick, Her parents Velma and Alvin Murphy, William and Nema Wilson, her younger brother William "Billy" Wilson, She leaves behind A younger sister, Delores and husband Elven Craighton, A younger brother Rickey and wife Carolyn Wilson, Sister in laws, Eula Baughman, Linda Kay Scott, Bobbie Wilson, brother in law Donald "Winkey" Sedwick, daughters Paula Mitchell and husband Jay, Debbie Grealish, Rhonda Sedwick, Son in law John Grealish Jr., Grandchildren, Jennifer, John, Jared, Chancy, Jake, Ricky, Joe, Chad, Curtis and Cydney, 19 great grandchildren, 2 great grandsons and many nieces, nephews whom she loved very much. Services to celebrate Betty Jo will be Tuesday June 30, 2015 at 10 am at Hill Crest Memorial Park in Bakersfield California. A viewing will precede the service beginning at 8am the same day.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from June 28 to June 29, 2015
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