Betty Mae Bernath passed away on February 12, 2013, with her loved ones by her side. Betty was born on March 2, 1957, overcoming many obstacles at a young age.
She moved to Ramona with her husband, Robert, and daughter, Amber, in 1989. As anyone who knew Betty can attest, she was one of the kindest souls the world has ever known. Her love for her family came first and foremost, with her passion for animals a very close second.
Betty never said no to taking a new creature under her care; whether it was a horse, pig, cat, dog or chicken, Betty would always find room for one more. She swore off meat at an early age, further demonstrating her compassion for her furry friends. Betty may have been the only person ever to have gone to Burger King and order a Whopper without meat! Betty was a true animal activist and was always volunteering at various animal rights groups and communities.
Additionally, Betty was a strong advocate for adults with disabilities, spending much of her time as a supporter of the cause and its many organizations. Betty's strong, courageous spirit was contagious and she always used her voice to help others.
The imprint Betty has left in all of our hearts will forever remain. She was incredibly sweet, selfless and had a smile that would light up the room. She will be endlessly missed by all who knew her.
Betty is survived by her loving family, Sue, Kevin, Chris and Ashley Chapman; Judy and Jim Besunder; Alexandria and Jonathan Hirko; Marilyn and Michael Lapidies and family; Arlene and Stanley Bernath; Vera, Ed, Leah and Shawn Dunagan; the Rothensfeld family; Deby Schwartz; the Folkman family; and adorable yellow Labrador, Lucy. Betty is also survived by her incredible support system of friends, especially in Ramona, including Janet Lenahan and family. She is preceded in death by her devoted husband, Robert George Bernath; caring daughter, Amber Lee Bernath; parent, Gladys and Bernard Jacobson; parents-in-law, Eva and Charles Bernath; and loving dog, Mo.
Memorial services were held on February 16, 2013, in Ramona, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Betty's name to PAWS "San Diego, www.pawssandiego.org
and to Congregation Etz Chaim, www.etzchaimramona.org
, P.O. Box 1138, Ramona, CA 92065.