Margaret BETTS

November 28, 1926September 15, 2022
Obituary of Margaret BETTS
Margaret BETTS, age 95, of Fresno, California passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2022. Margaret was born November 28, 1926. Margaret Betts (Rusconi) was born in Fresno, CA to Alphonso Rusconi and Ruth Rusconi (Summers) on November 28, 1926. Margaret was affectionately known by her family as “Tubby”. She attended Fresno High School and Fresno City College. She was an exceptional seamstress and enjoyed designing clothes. Margaret moved to Hawaii in 1952 where she fell in love with and married David F. Betts on July 16, 1954. They moved back to Fresno in 1954 then to Thousand Oaks, CA in 1966 where she became the very first First Lady of Thousand Oaks as her husband served three years as Mayor of the newly incorporated City of Thousand Oaks. Margaret loved the beach, swimming, her dog Tinkie and working outside in her garden. Margaret and David moved to Northstar-at-Tahoe in the early 1970’s where they enjoyed skiing, golfing and walking her dog Tammy together. They returned to Fresno in 1992 where she enjoyed visiting with friends and family. Margaret moved to Oakmont of Carmichael Assisted Living facility in 2018 after David pass away so she could be closer to her sister and her family. Margaret lived there for the last 4 years of her life. The family would like to thank her caregivers at Oakmont of Carmichael and her hospice team from UC Davis Medical Center. Margaret is preceded in death by her husband, David in 2017. Margaret is survived by her sister, Eleanor Wofford; her nephews, Paul and Michael Wofford; her niece, Pamela Wofford; her grand nephews, David and Andreas Wofford, and Michael Hunter-Wofford. Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Monday, September 26, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. A funeral Service will be held at Whitehurst Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, September 27, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Fresno Memorial Gardens. Remembrances may be made to Fresno Mission, or UC Davis Hospice and Palliative Fellowship. Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns and Blair Funeral Home 836 E. Ness Ave. Fresno, California 93720 (559) 227-4048 A visitation for Margaret will be held Monday, September 26, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, 836 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, CA 93720. A funeral service will occur Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the BETTS family.

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Monday, September 26, 2022


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home