Betty Marlene Dean
1941 - 2020
BETTY DEAN We, who have given our lives to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, believe the best day of our life is our last day here and the first day of our eternal life. Betty had her best day on August 24, 2020. She leaves her husband, Clyde Powers, step-daughters, Amy Powers, Pamela Kalisuch (Dak), Nancy Bultema (Kevin), brother Bill Dean (Karen), and dear long-time friend, Hazel Larsen. Betty loved her nine grandchildren: Joseph, Glenn David, John Louis and Andrew Bland; Ann, Will and Seth Kalisuch; Claire and Catherine Bultema. She prayed for them daily and kept a prayer diary for each. The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing at Simpson University in Redding reflects her passion for education and compassionate health care by competent caring nurses. Betty is a former Superintendent and President of Butte-Glenn Community College District. Following her presidency, she served the community as Chair of the Board of Enloe Medical Center. Again, her passion for good education and competent caring health professionals was evident in all she did. Her friends and colleagues are aware of her many accomplishments, leadership, integrity and commitment to her faith. Betty's strength of character, uncommon wisdom and gracious demeanor influenced the lives of those with whom she came into contact. Betty Marlene Dean will be remembered with great love and laughter.
Published by Chico Enterprise-Record from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2020.
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I knew Betty Dean while attending the First Baptist Church of Santa Clara, California. She became one of my best friends. I miss her friendship and close Christian relationship. I extend my sympathy to her family and friends.
Everett Woolum
August 23, 2021
Everett Woolum
November 14, 2020
I had the pleasure of caring for Ms. Betty in her last days at Enloe. She loved you all and Jesus with her whole heart. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
Karen Apalit RN
September 11, 2020
We will miss our sister-in-law greatly. Her smile, her laugh her love of her family always obvious. We enjoyed our golf games with she and Clyde and the music at the gospel Fan Festival in Visalia and the many visits. Her faith was so deep and now she is walking with the Lord!!!
Bill & Sherry Powers
September 4, 2020
In 1985 as Chancellor of the West Valley-Mission Colleges District in Silicon Valley, I hired Betty Dean as President of Mission College. It was a fortuitous choice. She was a dedicated, intelligent, and inspiring leader. She solved many a knotty problem -- always with dignity and a sense of purpose. Her cheerful desire to help students was exhilarating and motivated others. A life well-lived.
I am glad we kept in touch after she left the District.
Gus Mellander, Ph.D., D.H.L.
Chancellor, 1985-1992
Gus Mellander
August 31, 2020
What an amazing woman. I wish I had known her more than as Clydes lovely wife.
Toni Blackstock
August 30, 2020
Betty was blessed with many gifts and talents but I was most impressed with her gentle leadership, wit and love for her Lord Jesus Christ. She was a small woman, but mighty in wisdom and compassion. The twinkle in her eyes rarely dimmed. She shone brightly here on earth but now she is radiant in Glory. I await the day when we shall meet in Heaven.
Karen Gebert
August 29, 2020
Our sincere condolences to Clyde and family. We felt privileged to know Betty and receive the warm glow of her friendship. We so admired this special lady, and we can only imagine how much she will be missed by her family.
Mikki and Terry Ashe
August 29, 2020
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