Betty Jean Kissinger

February 2, 1935December 23, 2018

Betty Jean Kissinger was born on February 2, 1935 in Springdale, Arkansas to Marvin and Opal Kissinger. The Kissinger family moved to California in April 1937 and made their home in Kerman. Betty attended school in Kerman, graduating from Kerman High School in 1952. Betty married Homer Burrows Jr. in October 1952 and they lived on the Crum Dairy before moving to Fresno. Their son Michael was born in 1954 and their daughter Cheryl in 1955. After being a devoted mother all of her life, Betty went to Central California Commercial College and graduated with a degree in accounting. She worked for Fruehauf Trailers until her retirement in 2000. She loved taking bus trips to Reno, Tahoe and Laughlin with friends and doting upon her grandchildren and then later, her great grandchildren.

Betty was pre-deceased by her parents, her brothers Ivan and Baby Wayne and her beloved daughter Cheryl and son-in-law Richard Balestra. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Michael and Kathy Burrows of Fresno, her cherished grandchildren Carrie and Taylor McLaughlin of Fresno, Nicholas and Cortney Balestra of Clovis, Anthony and Bridget Balestra of Coarsegold, Stacey Burrows and Justin Forrester of Sacramento and Gregg and Hollie Balestra of Tyler, Texas. Betty was “Ganny” to six great grandchildren, Nicholas, Slater, Maci, Piper, Brighton and Whitton. She will also be missed by her sister and brother-in-law Delaine and Terry Zody, niece Jennifer Plantenberg and her husband Chad, grand-niece Leeya and grand-nephew Judah, nephew Jeff Kissinger, and her “adopted” daughter Nancy Sani, “adopted grandchildren” Lisa and Michael Li (and their children Lucas and Olivia), Michael Sani and many friends and cousins.

Grandma Betty will be remembered for her unconditional love and generosity with her family. She always had time to listen, give a hug and encouragement to all of “her kids.” She loved to cook everyone’s favorite foods and never failed to offer a cup of coffee or share a treat with visitors.

Per Betty's wishes, there will be no services.


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Kathy Burrows

January 14, 2019

You were the best mom, grandma, ganny and mother-in-law and will be forever loved and missed.