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Betty Jane Forbes, 75, died Friday March 5, 2010 in Chico, Calif. She was born July 5, 1934 in Napa, Calif. to Mary Juhay and Clement Thomas Wassum.

Betty was raised on the family ranch in Napa and attended Napa Valley Schools. After earning her teaching credential, she taught in Yuba City, Contra Costa County and in Chico.

She was an active member of the Sisterhood P.E.O. Chapter QR, Chico Friends of the Library, and volunteered for various other professional and social organizations and church groups.

Survivors include her husband, Allan of Chico; two daughters, Mary Ann Michelon of Napa and Jennifer Macarthy of Chico; four grandchildren, Katie and Matthew Michelon and Alaina and Logan Macarthy. Betty will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her personal strength and faithfulness was an example to all who knew her.

The family wishes to thank Enloe Hospital and its entire staff for all the care that was provided to Betty and her family during the last few weeks of her life, and to their many friends for their love and support.

A Rosary will be held Sunday evening, March 14, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 15, 2010 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Chico. Burial will follow the Mass at Glen Oaks Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chico Friends of the Library or to a favorite charity in care of the funeral home. You may share your thoughts and memories of Betty online at nbcfh.com.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Mar. 10, 2010
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