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Obituary of Bethel Joyce Gilkerson

Bethel Joyce Gilkerson passed away peacefully at home in Grass Valley, Sunday morning Jan. 24, 2016. She was 83.

Beth was born Aug. 28, 1932 to adoptive parents Edgar and Lucille Banderob of San Francisco.

She graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1951, where she excelled in the performing arts, and in her studies and loved History. She received her Letter in an American Legion essay and speaking contest. Beth was a member of the Rainbow for Girls until she was 21.

For 24 years, as a teamster, she traced railroad cars from the East coast to the West for Stor Dor freight system.

In 2000, Beth retired from Lucas Dealership Group, in Cupertino, Calif.

Mom’s lifelong passion was reading and she especially loved mysteries. Her many loves included family and friends, being a supportive ear, and writing poems and Limericks. She had an affinity for classic cars and enjoyed socializing with her friends at Capital City Cruisers. She loved her collection of The Grinch, witches and Christmas ornaments.

At the young age of 80, Mom decided to get her first two tattoos.

Beth is survived by two daughters, Carrie (Michelle) Small and Joni (Michael) Kelley; grandchildren, Joshua (Stephanie) Hall and Amanda (Greg) Snook; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Snook, Caidyn Noland, Lilith Hall and five granddogs and two grandcats.

With special thanks to the Davita team in Auburn, Mom was able to enjoy her life a year and a half longer.

Hospice of the Foothills provided exceptional end of life care.


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