Jan. 2, 1926 - Jan. 8, 2013
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Betty Jean Galbraith Oleari passed peacefully from this life on Jan. 8, surrounded by her loving family in Vacaville, CA. She was born in Chico to Donald Galbraith and Ileen Johnston Galbraith on Jan. 2, 1926.
Betty was a descendant of early pioneers of both Sutter and Butte County. She spent her early years in Paradise while her father Don helped build the Oroville Dam and ran his own service station. One of her favorite times was the year she spent in Beldon playing along the Feather River and waiving at the train "The City of San Francisco" as it took its daily run. Work became scarce prior to WWII, but her dad was able to secure a job in Vacaville at Beelard and Burton's Garage. The Galbraith family soon followed. Betty graduated from Armijo High School and found work at Mare Island Naval Station where she learned the work ethic of "Rosie the Riveter" that stayed with her throughout her working career. She went to work at Basic Vegetable Dehydrating Plant like a lot of Vacavillians after WWII. She also worked in the gift shop of the old "Milk Farm" on Highway 40. Her first task of the morning was to flip the switch to turn power on to the cow's tail on the Milk Farm sign that is still standing to this day. She ended her working career for the State of CA at the Dept of Justice.
It was at the Vacaville Cremery that she met her Sweetheart and future husband, Mac Chandler. They soon married and settled down to family life and raised four daughters.
Betty was a volunteer Gray Lady at Travis AFB in the 1960's and loved to play bridge with her girlfriends.
Most important to her was her family and she made sure they took many great vacations together. Numerous summers were spent at Stinson Beach and Lake Tahoe with Mac, Betty and the girls along with various assorted pets, and other famlly members. Mac and Betty divorced after 31 years of marriage and she met and married the other love of her life, Louis Oleari. Together they traveled to many places and both loved the horse races. They owned a champion racehorse, Prince Montevideo. Lou and Betty were together for 19 years prior to his passing.
She is survived by her four daughters, Toni McPherson, Kristin Chandler, Sherene Chandler (Scott Parsons) and Betty Jean Chandler. She is also survived by her grandson's, Christopher McKoy (Margaret Flannigan McKoy), Michael McPherson, Dustin DeVan and Kyle DeVan and two granddaughters, Jeanie McKoy and Sarah Parsons as well as two great-granddaughters, Chelsea Nine and Michelle McPherson, plus numerous nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Donald Galbraith and Ileen Johnston Galbraith; husbands, Lloyd McCrory Chandler, Jr., and Louis Oleari; brothers, Patrick and Michael Galbraith, and sisters, June Galbraith Papin and Janie Galbraith Rubio.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Published in The Reporter on Jan. 16, 2013