Betty Jean Starks was born on November 17, 1947 to Dorothy L. Cooper in Birmingham, Alabama and was the oldest of five girls. Betty spent her early childhood in Birmingham, where she accepted Christ and was baptized at Macedonia 17th St. Baptist Church. She was a proud graduate of A.H. Parker High School, and upon graduating she relocated to San Diego, CA, where she met and married John Starks. To this union two children were born, Derrick and Zandra Starks.
Betty enjoyed serving her community and became a Girl Scout leader for many years with the Oceanview Service Unit. Her passion in life was helping others, and could always be counted on to pitch in and help in any way she could.
In the late seventies, Betty joined Mt. Erie Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. Walter G. Wells. She served as a member of the Sanctuary Choir and the Jr. Women Mission. She loved to volunteer for church activities. Volunteering was one of her favorite things. She would be excited to make Candy Apples for the annual church carnival, and found great joy in doing so.
Betty was employed at Accurate Elastomer Products as a lead product inspector for twenty-eight years until she retired in 2006. She enjoyed her life to the fullest, traveling with family and friends, enjoying weekend camping trips with the Freewheelers Recreational Club. When not traveling she loved to barbecue and entertain friends, listening to oldies music, laughing, talking, and having a good time.
Betty became a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #310 in 2008, where she served on various committees and loved celebrating holiday activities with them, such as serving the community handing out toys to the children for Christmas, candy for Halloween, and providing backpacks for the school children in the community. She truly enjoyed donating her time; and enjoyed being also an active member of the Family Crew Club San Diego.
Betty lived her life helping others, never complaining, and continued doing everything she could for others until physically unable, but would still find the strength to call her family and friends to check on them to see how they were feeling.
On Tuesday February 4, 2020, surrounded by her family, the
Lord saw fit to call Betty home to rest. She was preceded in death by her adopted brother, Henry Sturns
Betty’s memories are left to be cherished by; son Derrick Starks (Stephanie); daughter Zandra Starks; sisters Delois Andrews (Cardell), Brenda Nelson (Albert), Linda Sexton, and Montrice Dade; four granddaughters Lashanette Starks, Tiana White, Samantha Starks, and Shelby Edwards; two grandsons Thadius Ferguson and Nathaniel Ferguson; three great-grandchildren Royal Rogers, Laiyah Harris, and Jaiyana Harris; goddaughter Tamara Harrison, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Betty’s enthusiastic and encouraging spirit will truly be missed.
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