Bettie L. Bottone, 88, of Bradford, a loving mother, grandmother, and sister, died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday (June 24, 2012).
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She was born in Farmers Valley on March 30, 1924, to Leslie and Lois Gould Scowden. In 1945, she married Joseph A Bottone, a local painting contractor, who preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 1979.
Bettie was a graduate of Bradford High School and received a nutritional consultant's degree from Penn State University. She had also studied art at the Chautauqua Institute, attended the Norton School of Art in Palm Beach, Fla., and had private art lessons with the famous artist Wallace Larson for many years. Bettie's first love was art, which she excelled at, and won many awards for her oil paintings over the years.
Bettie worked as a secretary for Lovitz & Reichenbach, and Dresser Manufacturing and later as an office manager at the Bradford office of the American Federation of Labor as well as being one of Zippo's very first employees. In later years she worked at Ott & McHenry Pharmacy as well as teaching art at Bradford Central Christian High School for almost 10 years. In 1956, she opened Jo-Bet Ceramics and ran her business successfully until 2001.
Bettie touched so many lives with her warmth, love, wit and unique take on life. Growing up in the Great Depression and losing her father at a young age shaped Bettie into a warm, loving and resourceful person who appreciated everything she had and would share it unselfishly to anyone in need.
Surviving are her twin sons, Fran (Janet) Bottone of Bradford and Joseph (Lauren) Bottone of Limestone, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Francis (Diana) Bottone of Red Bank, N.J., and Michael L. Bottone of San Francisco, Calif.; one brother, Evan (Nola) Scowden of Round Rock, Texas; and several nieces and nephews, all of which she treated as her own.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one brother, Leslie Scowden.
Family will be receiving friends in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 33 South Ave., on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at which time funeral and committal will be held with the Rev. Henry Andrae, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Sharon, officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.
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Published in The Bradford Era from June 26 to July 2, 2012