January 16, 2013
Our beautiful and lovingmother, Bette Louise Sharp, has rejoined the love of her life, her husband, Robert Douglas Sharp.
Our dear mother died Dec. 15, 2012, at home in Penn Valley at the age of 85.
After 56 years of married life and over 10 years of living on without Dad, Mom is finally at peace.
A memorial and scattering of ashes will be held in the spring for family and friends.
Bette was born Sept. 16, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Janet (Jennie) and LLoyd (Charles) Peynado. She and her younger sister, Doreen Peynado (Campbell), grew up in a culturally rich part of the city.
Bette was good at recalling life growing up in a neighborhood where you knew all your neighbors, the merchants, their families, buying bread from the baker and meat from the butcher. Thestories she told gave us a history of our family and the times and place where these events took place.
Her loving and kind Scottish grandparents, Elizabeth and William Smith, played an important role in caring for her and her sister through tough times growing up. It was in their home, that Bette acquired her love of music.
Grandparents, mother and uncles would sing, play the piano and grandpa was known to dance, if encouraged. Bette was a Frank Sinatra fan and loved the music of those times.
She loved old movies always appreciating a good story well told. Another gift she gave the family was the love of Scottish and Yiddish expressions she picked up from family and neighbors. Through stories and language, we've come to know and love people we knew only as very young children or never met at all.
These stories are one of the heartfelt gifts of our mother. Family was everything for her. We came home to a beautiful, clean, modest, organized home with a mother that was always there. Bette met her husband in New Jersey. He was smitten at first sight and pursued the young and bright beauty and several months later they were married in Kearney, N.J,, on May 25, 1946.
Bette was working at Scott Foresman at the time and Robert was just out of the service as a B-17 pilot in World War II. Over the years, life generously provided them with four children: Robert C. Sharp, Patricia A. Sharp, Steven W. Sharp and Susan E. Dion. The family now includes eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Robert's career in sales moved the family from New Jersey to Georgia, to Washington State and finally California. California was Bette's preferred climate. They eventually settled in Penn Valley in 1987, to be closer to their new grandchildren. They were contented together. their compassion for the poor, especially children, was expressed with charity throughout their lives. Thank you, Bette.