Betty Jane (Hassenplug) Graham

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Betty Jane Hassenplug Graham, 80, of Gold River, California passed away on December 15, 2016, after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert H Graham; daughter, Elizabeth Graham Vigil (John) of Gold River; son, Jeff Graham (Elizabeth) of Cincinnati; and grandchildren Galen, Sudy, Larson, and Bo Graham, all of Cincinnati. Betty was born on May 4, 1936, the second daughter of Thelma and Samuel Hassenplug and was raised in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Jefferson College of Nursing and quickly thereafter met the love of her life, Bob, who was a medical student at Jefferson Medical College. They married in 1959 and settled in California in 1969 after Bob returned from Vietnam. They raised their children in the Arden area of Sacramento and eventually made their home in Gold River, where they have been surrounded by caring neighbors and treasured friends for almost twenty years. Betty worked briefly as a real estate agent and enjoyed modeling, bodybuilding, exercising, and playing tennis. As a part of her commitment to fitness and good health, she attended Sharon Shute's exercise class for many years and made a number of friends, including Sharon, who meant the world to her. She also enjoyed attending Gold River Villagers' luncheons. What she loved most of all was her family, including her daughter's beloved bulldog, Bentley. Betty was uniquely kind, compassionate, graceful and dignified. She was a model of sophistication and had exquisite taste. Her inner beauty touched everyone who knew her, and she will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held at the Campus Commons Club House on Friday, December 30th at 2:00 p.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Bulldog Rescue at http://bulldog.rescueme.org or to the .
Published in The Sacramento Bee from Dec. 21 to Dec. 23, 2016
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