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Betty Jo Tilton

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Betty Jo Tilton, 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at a local rehabilitation hospital. She was born October 27, 1919 in Reeds, Missouri to Vina and Oren Henry.

She graduated from high school in Carthage, Missouri, and later moved to California where she married Ivan W. Tilton on August 14, 1939. The couple moved to Reseda, Calif. and settled in Chico in 1953. Betty was a homemaker most of her life keeping busy raising her children. She later became a Shaklee Distributor and then owned B & I Associates, selling Nature Sunshine and Shaklee products with her husband.

She was a member of the First Christian Church and Sigma Phi Gamma International Sorority, Delta Nu Chapter. She was a devoted wife and mother who faithfully took care of her family.

Betty Jo is survived by her two sons, Jim of Chico and Tom of Willits; one granddaughter, Dorothy Ann; one grandson, Joe and two great-granddaughters, Mary Catherine and Daniella Marie.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2008 at the First Christian Church. Burial will take place next to her husband at Chico Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund or to Shriners Children's Hospital c/o the funeral home. You may share your thoughts and memories of Betty Jo online at nbcfh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 16, 2008
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