Betty Jo Lorette
Betty Jo Lorette, age 68, left us to be with the Lord on January 3, 2021. Betty was born on September 18, 1952, to Frank and Pilar Valdez, in Phoenix, AZ. She was the youngest child of eight.
Betty spent most of her life as a native of greater Phoenix. She lived in Prescott, AZ for ten years and in Olathe, Kansas for thirteen years.
Betty loved life and lived it to the fullest. She dominated every room she was in with her booming laugh and her joy at bringing friends and family together to celebrate all of life's precious moments
If there is one word to describe Betty and the life she lived it would be, Faith. Her love of her family and her love of Jesus Christ were unquestioningly the foundation of her life. Betty was extraordinarily active in her church and loved to worship and fellowship with her church family. She also loved teaching the children in her Sunday school classes and found great joy in hosting Bible studies in her home. She was never one to sit still, often forgoing sleep to read, pray, and meditate on bringing peace and understanding into the world. Betty was not shy to share any of her heart at any time, and if she thought you needed advice, you were going to receive it and most likely agree.
Betty had the uncanny talent to make an amazing dinner out of the littlest amount of food in a refrigerator; she often said food was one of her love languages.
Betty was a talented artist who could quickly draw a detailed caricature which always brought a smile to her subject.
She was fluent in the Spanish language, which helped her greatly in her-self owned businesses.
Her advocating for her family and her beautiful energy was as a rainbow after a storm, and the world will be less amazing by a substantial amount with her absence.
She is survived by her children, Sean Lorette, Laura Rowland husband Scott Edward and her stepson Phillip Hudson. By her grandsons Bryce and Roman Lorette. By her granddaughters, Andece and Sara Rowland. By her great grandchildren, Colesen and Braelyn Lorette. She loved her immediate family members Clara Valdez, Corina Valdez Senger and the Galaviz clan. Betty has numerous other family members, friends and business associates that will miss her dearly. Most importantly, she is survived by her high school sweetheart, Michael R. Lorette, whom she was married for forty eight years.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 7 to Jan. 13, 2021.