"Betty" Elizabeth Josephine Iturraran, loving and beloved wife and mother has passed away in the arms of her loving family at the age of 74 on April 23, 2012.
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A true renaissance woman, Betty was gifted with many wonderful abilities that allowed her to be an artist, master upholsterer, mechanic, electrician, mentor, homemaker and the perfect companion, partner and wife for the past 54 years of Felix Louis Iturraran.
Born March 15, 1938 in Lander Wyoming, Betty's parents raised her with a true pioneer spirit, passion and curiosity that taught her to tackle any task that needed to be accomplished and to never give up.
One of these passions was a 1939 Chevrolet sedan that Betty has had since her eighth grade graduation that led her to her soul mate Felix Louis Iturraran. The two became inseparable and their mutual interests of building and restoring classic automobiles and street rods led to many years of adventures, car shows and awards. One such award that Betty received was Northern California's Street Rod Lady of the year for the National Street Rod Association in 2000.
Another joy in Betty's life was traveling to casinos in the company of her good friends Shirley Dewalt, Sandy Kerekes, Mary Chapman and playing the "one-armed bandits". The ladies always came home "winners" (or at least "even") and had "all the fun money could buy".
Betty is survived by her loving husband Felix Louis Iturraran, son Felix Peter Iturraran and "adopted" son William Hildenbrand whose hearts are broken by such a personal loss.
Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers Betty would have insisted that you treat yourself well and remember her with a sly smile in your heart.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from April 28 to May 5, 2012