Bettie Decker |

Bettie Decker

Bettie Louise Jenkins Decker passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, at a local medical facility. She was 78. According to her wishes, no services will be held.

Mrs. Decker was born July 30, 1929, in Pomona. She graduated from Chino High School.

In 1959, Mrs. Decker moved with her son to Foresthill. There, she worked at the fire lookout on Duncan Peak in the Forest Hill District of the Tahoe National Forest. She was one of the first lookouts to report the devastation of the Donner Fire, which was quickly followed by the Volcano Fire.

In 1964, Mrs. Decker and her son moved to Nevada City, where she drove a bus for Durham School Services. In the summer, she worked at the fire lookout on Banner Mountain for the California Division of Forestry. Later, she worked for the U.S. Postal service, first in Rough and Ready and then in Honolulu, Hawaii. After living for more than a year in Honolulu, she returned to work in Nevada City and Grass Valley. She retired to her ranch outside Nevada City after suffering a back injury.

Mrs. Decker is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steven Decker and Earlene of Orland; granddaughter, Suzanne of Orland; grandson, Todd Decker and his wife, Amy, of Grass Valley; great-grandchildren Abrielle and Asher of Grass Valley; niece, Mary Sutton of Hershey, Pa.; cousins Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Nichols of Aptos, Freddie Mae Toy of Lyles, Tenn., and Alma Worley of White Bluff, Tenn.; best friend of 44 years, Mary Rider of Nevada City; and many local friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Hazel Jenkins; sisters Pauline and Alice; and brothers Edward, Dalton and James Jenkins.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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