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BETTY JEAN STOHLER


1936 - 2018 In Memoriam Condolences
BETTY JEAN STOHLER In Memoriam
BETTY JEAN STOHLER July 1, 1936 ~ February 18, 2018 Betty Jean Stohler (81) died on Sunday, February 18th at Brookdale Senior Living in Red Bluff of natural causes. Betty was born in Kerrville, Texas on July 1, 1936 to Robert and Louise Smith. She had a younger sister, Bobbie Cox. Betty graduated from La F‚ria High School, Texas, where she played the clarinet and bass drum in the band and was chosen band sweetheart during her senior year. She graduated from the University of Corpus Christi (now Texas A & M, Corpus Christi) with a degree in elementary education, and became and accredited elementary teacher. She taught one year at Corpus Christi. Betty was married to Leonard Stohler on June 4, 1960, and moved to Mill Valley, California, where Len attended seminary and she taught in Marin County while learning to play piano. In 1966, she gave birth to son William Stohler. She lived in Orland from 1967-1969 where Leonard taught. In August 1969, they made their home in Red Bluff. Betty taught kindergarten and then first grade at the Red Bluff Elementary School District full-time from 1974-1998, and then half-time from 1999-2003. Betty was divorced in 2005, and remained single in Red Bluff until the time of her death. Betty was member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, Red Bluff Art Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma. She loved to swim, garden, and paint. Betty was named the Tehama County representative for the U.C.L.A. social science state project and was named the artist of the month for the Red Bluff Art Association. With her family, Betty was a loving mother and wife. As a teacher, she was well-loved by her more than 800 students and their parents, and she cared for her students as if they were her own children. The family is eternally grateful for all of Betty's close friends who helped her in the later stages of her life. She is survived by her son, William Stohler and wife Norie, her sister, Bobbie Cox and husband Jay, and her ex-husband, Leonard Stohler. A memorial service will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Red Bluff, on Friday, February 23 at 2:30, with a reception to follow. Donations may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church or the Presbyterian Church.
Published in Daily News on Feb. 21, 2018
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