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Betty Wanda Aronson

Feb. 28, 1920 — Oct. 15, 2013

Betty Wanda Aronson, 93, of Davis, passed away on Oct. 15, 2013, at home with her daughters at her side.

Betty was born in Vinita, Okla., to Cena Belle Costen and Meridith Costen. Their family moved to California to find work in the lumber industry. She met her future husband, Ralph Aronson, in Susanville. They moved to Davis in 1945, establishing the Star Pharmacy on G Street. Betty and Ralph established Davis’ first medical center on Anderson Road, moving their Pharmacy to 2nd and D streets providing space for the Oddfellows next door. She supported Ralph in his campaigns for Davis City Counsel and during his term as mayor of Davis. Usually, quiet in the background, but adding to the mix when ever the opportunity arose.

Betty was known for her keen sense of humor and wicked golf swing. She was a member of the El Macero 9ers and enjoyed many friendships in that organization.

Betty was also known and highly respected for her resourcefulness. She, single handedly, remodeled the family house on W 8th street, providing room for her 5 children. She hefted beams and construction walls, all while providing care and upbringing to her children and looking after her husband.

Betty and Ralph provided a haven for their children’s friends and also helped raise some of their grandchildren. Betty would put on a dinner to feed many more than her family each day, storing it in the oven and refrigerator. Anyone who was hungry would have food all day long. It was not uncommon to find friends of her children, enjoying the tasty provisions, while her kids where engaged in activities elsewhere.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Aronson and her oldest son, Aaron Aronson. She is survived by her children, Rebecca (Suzie) Aronson of Sacramento, Dr. David Aronson and Ronni of Vacaville, Sally (Sally-Anne) Haydon of Los Gatos, and Shelley and Ron Beals of Sacramento. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Betty was a private person but loved the company of her good friends and her family. She requested that there be no funeral or memorial services. Her family invites all that knew her to a celebration of her life from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Nov. 24. In her memory, you are urged to make a contribution to the Aaron Aronson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o The Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

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