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Betty Nation Binsacca
Betty Nation Binsacca, 82, of Soledad, died Tuesday, September 10, 2013, following a short illness.
Born in Altus, OK in 1932 to A.J. and Lee Nation, she came to California in 1935 and first settled in Templeton where she attended Oakdale School. They moved to Greenfield in 1936. She graduated from King City High School in 1948 and from Hartnell Junior College in 1950 with a degree in business.
Betty worked for the County Recorder's Office, the Gonzales Hardware Store, Soledad Mercantile, and kept books part-time for Soledad Auto Parts for 25 years. Later in life, she worked at Hartnell College in the Foundation Office and got great joy from helping students with scholarships. She also had her own floral arranging business, Buds 'N Blossoms. Betty loved to do cake decorating, and was known for her cooking, and especially her baking!
Her true life's passion was being a wife and mother. She married her best friend, Ernest Binsacca, in 1950; they celebrated 63 years of marriage earlier this month. They had two children, John and Leslie, who know they were blessed to have grown up in a loving home with such supportive parents.
Betty was very involved with Gonzales Young Homemakers, and especially enjoyed being involved in the development of their cookbooks. Along with Marcelene Franscioni, Leslie Tankersley, she started the Pinnacle Rainbow Assembly in Soledad in 1967. She enjoyed being a Rainbow Girl in King City and felt she learned a lot. She wanted the girls in Soledad to have a similar experience.
Betty was very involved in the Salinas Valley Water Coalition and served as the secretary for years. She strongly believed that agriculture in the south valley was vital to the local economy and that water had to flow for agriculture to grow!
She and Ernie have been active with the Mcarlm Ag Museum, and especially looked forward to the annual clam chowder dinner. They worked with Drury Tankersley on the first one to benefit the Methodist Church in Soledad, and continued when it moved to King City.
Betty is survived by her husband, Ernie; her son, John and wife, Michelle of Atascadero; two step-granddaughters, Julia and Savannah Arroyo; her daughter, Leslie and husband, Gary Caviglia of Visalia; two granddaughters, Claire and Carly Caviglia; and her brother, Ernie Nation of Idaho.
Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at King City Cemetery followed by a gathering in the DeAnza Building at San Lorenzo Park in King City.
Those wishing to make a donation may consider the Mcarlm Ag Museum, or the Soledad Historical Society.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 333 East San Antonio Dr., King City, 831-385-5400, www.EFS-Cares.com
Published in The Salinas Californian on Sept. 14, 2013