Betty Kunce passed away on May 28, 2014 at the age of 84. She was born February 28, 1930 in Ault, Colorado to parents David and Leona Rickman. In 1943 she moved with her family to San Francisco where her father again entered the navy as an enlisted man. When looking at family photos she always laughed that her father was the oldest Seaman First Class in the navy having served during WWI, WWII, and Korea. Two brothers, and three of her sisters, preceded Betty in death. Sisters Patricia and Judy survive her.
In 1949 she met Clifford Kunce and they married in 1950. They had three children: Nancy, Linda, and Clifford, Jr. Betty and Cliff remained in the Bay Area until their move in 1973 from Pleasanton to 20 acres in Clements where they finally settled down for the long-term. Betty and Cliff loved their life on "the ranch" where they tried their hands at growing fruit trees, raising livestock, and gardening. Betty and Cliff always found time to travel in their motor home and enjoyed several years on Lake Camanche with their houseboat. Their life in Clements had its dark moments, too. Betty and Cliff lost their daughter, Linda, in 1984 after a long battle with cancer. Linda was 32. Betty also suddenly lost Cliff, 70, to a heart attack in 1999. She was never able to fully recover from these events and in 2001 she left Clements and moved to Lodi.
Having not finished high school, one of Betty's proudest moments was earning her High School Equivalency Certificate in 1996.
Betty enjoyed traveling, reading, watching classic movies, playing cards and slot machines. She was active in the Lodi Chapter of TOPS for many years.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Nancy Reeves (Chuck) of Petaluma, and son Clifford Kunce, Jr. (Leslie) of Stockton. Also survived by her grandchildren Meghan Reeves and Zack Reeves (Ashley) of Sonoma County, and DeeAnne Kunce and Kaylee Kunce of Stockton. Three great-grandchildren and her special niece, Carol Lewis survive her.
A memorial service will be held July 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Rocha's Funeral Home, 215 South School Street, Lodi. In lieu of flowers, Betty's children would prefer donations in Betty's memory to the agency that helped her family during both Betty's death and the death of their sister, Linda: Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Avenue, Stockton 95204.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from July 4 to July 12, 2014