Union Democrat staff

Betty June


June 16, 1925 - Dec. 29, 2011

Betty June Fowler, of Tuolumne, died Thursday at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. She was 86.

She was born June 16, 1925, in Merced Falls, the only daughter of Richard and Bertha Van Hook, who were divorced soon after.

She grew up in various logging and lumber towns of Northern California and Oregon as she moved with her mother and stepfather, Knute Isaacson, to follow his work in the logging and lumber industry.

She married Wallace Ray Fowler in Klamath Falls, Ore., in 1942. They moved to Pleasant Valley in El Dorado County three years later, where they lived, except for two years in Sonoma County, until moving to Tuolumne in the 1970s to be near her mother, stepfather and other relatives.

While living in El Dorado County, she began working in elementary school cafeterias, which led to her being hired to manage the cafeteria at Summerville High School, which she did for 17 years. During this time, she also supervised students in occupational training classes.

She cooked for University of the Pacific students performing at Fallon House Theater in Columbia and at Camp John Mensinger Boy Scout Camp near Beardsley Reservoir.

After her retirement, she was a caregiver for Tuolumne historian Marie Rozier for several years.

In March of 1997, she suffered a debilitating stroke. She lived with her daughter and family in Tuolumne until late 2007, when she became a resident of what became the Tuolumne General Medical Facility Long Term Care.

She remained there until moving to Avalon Care Center in late November.

In addition to her parents and stepfather, Mrs. Fowler was preceded in death by her husband in 1990, and her son, Wallace E. Fowler, in 1997.

She is survived by her daughters and spouses, Bill and Lenore Rutherford, of Tuolumne, and Mary Ann and Dennis Bunnell, of Sonora; her daughter-in-law and husband, Karen and Travis Bassford,of Elverta in Sacramento County; grandchildren and spouses, Candi Perkins, of Tuolumne, Bill and Michele Rutherford Jr., of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Dan and Kathy Rutherford, of Tuolumne, Ryan and Sophia Fowler, of Oroville, Sean and Sarah Fowler, of Sacramento, and Daphne and Tim Van Stavern, of Lincoln in Sacramento County; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family members.

A celebration of life will be held in late spring. Donations in her memory may be made to the Tuolumne City Museum, 18663 Carter St., Tuolumne.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.


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