Betty Buck, age 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Betty was born in French Camp, CA to Henry and Sadie Martin.
She was a 1949 graduate of Manteca High School. After graduating from high school, Betty married Leroy Buck in Carson City, NV. She attended Samuel Merritt College and later received her R.N. and became a registered nurse. She and Leroy raised four children while living in Manteca. While working for the San Joaquin County Health Department, Betty was known in town by many children as “the Shot Lady”. Following retirement, Betty enjoyed living a short time on Anderson Island, WA and then in Crescent City, CA, before returning to Manteca, CA.
Betty was a cub scout leader, a member of the Manteca Rainbow Girls, an American Legion Auxiliary post 249 member, and was active in the TOPS and Red Hat Society. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for many years. Betty enjoyed tending to her garden, baking quilting, sewing, knitting, reading, boating, and had traveled to every state. She enjoyed watching sports on TV. Betty was a very strong and devoted mother to all her children, especially to her eldest son “Marty”, whom she cared for throughout the past 47 years, following his motorcycle accident. Betty will be remembered for her bright smile and loving heart. She touched many lives through her work and years of volunteering service.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Sadie Martin, brother Elmer, sister Velma, husband Leroy, and son Michael.
She is survived by her son Martin “Marty” Buck, daughter Jeanne Swift (David), son James “Jim” Buck (Deborah), six grandchildren Sherri Nelson, Lisa Fannin, Sarah Shores (Kevin), Brian Swift, Billy Buck, and Beverly Buck, and 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 18, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 910 E. North St., at 11:00 a.m.
Betty will later be laid to rest at Park View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s memory to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church or to Manteca Historical Society and Museum.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Friday, November 10, 2017