Betty Ruth Arbuthnot, affectionately known as “Geema” was born on August 24, 1943 at Quintard Hospital in San Diego, CA. Betty was exposed to music at an early age. As such, Betty began piano lessons at the age of seven until her teen years. During that time she trained and studied classical piano. While attending Jefferson, Jr. High School in Oceanside, CA, Betty began to display her talent for singing. She was invited to sing on the local radio station where she rendered her first solo “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.” Needless to say it was a hit!
Betty attended Oceanside High School and resumed her piano training. She continued pursuing arts and music and developed a passion for acting as well.
After graduating from high school, Betty began working as a long distance operator for Pacific Bell in Oceanside. She was promoted to supervisor and then hired as an Operations Administrator. Betty relocated to San Diego where she met and married Oliver Arbuthnot, Sr. and began to raise a family. Betty was able to leverage her business savvy into retirement at the age of forty-seven!
After retirement, Betty embarked upon new adventures. She returned to school to study accounting at Southwestern College. She then returned to work for five years. During this time, she continued to pursue her passion for arts, music, and acting and performed at the San Diego Educational Cultural Complex Theatre in the yearly production of “The Black Nativity.”
Betty later relocated to San Jacinto, CA. There she embraced her calling as a foster mother and provider of childcare.
Betty was a member of the Senior Community Choir of Lake Elsinore, CA. Later, she was provided the opportunity to teach at the Adonai Ministries Christian Center School.
Betty’s race was completed on Friday, September 20, 2019, as she transitioned from time into eternity.
Betty was preceded in death by her father William Loda Jackson, Sr., and mother Gertrude Rogers Jackson.
Left to treasure her memory are her sons Dennis, Oliver, Jr. (Tonya) of Menifee, CA, William (Mishael) of Wildomar CA, and Richard Moore (LaChan) of San Diego; daughters Phylestein Williams (Bill), and Pamela Alvarez (Robert); long-time friend and sister Linda Laster; grandchildren Myesha, Derrick (Anica), Billy, Jarren, Donnell, Alicia, Breahna, Labrina, Eisha, Dominique, Oliver III, Jordan, Julian, Ayanah, Anaya, and Montel, along with a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
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