Betty Moehnke

Betty Moehnke - Obituary Condolences
Betty Moehnke April 30, 1919 - February 24, 2012 Our mom Betty Moehnke passed away on February 24, 2012. Mom was born in Los Angeles on April 30, 1919 to Adelbert and Hazel Whidden. She graduated from UCLA in June 1940 and she liked to say she picked UCLA because it was the neighborhood school. That same year, she was hired by Kern County Union High School to teach physical education, and after a few years she moved to counseling. She was well liked and loved by staff and students. She retired in June 1977. During World War II, while volunteering at Minter Field in Shafter, a local jeweler introduced her to our dad, a handsome Staff Sargeant named Dick Moehnke. They married on September 13, 1944. We kids came along a few years later - first Kathie then Chris and Tom. Our childhood memories of mom are full of crazy times like mom driving the car in the foothills while we sat on the bumper shooting our .22 rifles, trips to Dewar's, and riding dirt bikes. Our mom was a bit unconventional. Mom was open to all the neighborhood kids and many of them learned to swim in our pool. Mom's Christian faith was strong and our family were active members of Lutheran Church of Prayer. In 1974 our dad passed away. Mom and dad purchased a home in Carlsbad which mom enjoyed for many years. She soon became a grandmother which brought her great joy. She always kept her home stocked with ice cream and treats. Her homemade cheesecake included car crushed graham cracker crust. Farewells included her dancing on the neighbor's porch as we drove away. She was always a willing playmate for her grandchildren, whether it was playing Mac the Cowboy, Vet or Farmer or playing in the sand pile in the Tucson heat. Bunny hunting with BB guns was always fun along with climbing to the top of her very large tree. At age 81, she managed to shock us when she hopped on a scooter and rode down a big hill and luckily didn't crash. She had an awesome laugh! Mom was famous for her rum cakes which would show up at auctions, family events, holidays and even managed to wing their way across the country. They were highly coveted and thoroughly enjoyed. She spent many hours on home improvement projects. She loved to paint and it didn't matter if it was her family's house or even a classroom. While visiting Kathie in Tucson, she spent hours weeding the desert, and hunting for rocks to landscape the yard. She even hauled several car loads of bricks and installed them in her yard, by herself, even though she was in her late 70s. She was especially proud of her ability to use a chain saw to trim her trees and would proudly show her work to the neighbors. In the evening, you could often find her watering the yard in her moo-moo. She enjoyed a good romance novel and reading the local newspaper. She is survived by her children: daughter Kathie and Nick Miller; and two sons Chris and Debbie Moehnke; and Tom and Janie Moehnke. Grandchildren - Rich Miller, Ryan Miller, Tim Moehnke, David Moehnke, Tracy Moehnke and Casey Moehnke. Great-grandchildren - Virginia and William Miller. She is also survived by her two sisters Ginger Buller and Pat MacArthur and many nieces and nephews. Our family would like to thank the following for their wonderful, loving care of our mom: Kathy Kiama and staff, Janet Myers NP, from San Joaquin Pulmonary, and Hoffman Hospice. At her request, no services will be held. We were blessed to have such a loving, fun, smart and hard working mother and grandmother. We will all deeply miss her, but we know she's in heaven and reunited with our dad. That gives us all great joy. Psalms 23:6: 'Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever' www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 28, 2012
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