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  • Honoring the Life of Betty Ramacher

    by Representative Jim Costa

    Posted on 2013-01-14

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    COSTA of california in the house of representatives Monday, January 14, 2013 Mr. COSTA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the life of Betty Ramacher, who passed away on November 20, 2012, at the age of 86. A respected elected official and community leader, Betty leaves behind a wonderful legacy and serves as an example for generations to come.



    Betty was a woman of many trades. She served as a first grade teacher in Caruthers, California and operated a dress shop in the Fig Garden Shopping Center in Fresno, California. With her background as an educator and small business owner, Betty successfully ran for the Fresno County Board of Supervisors in 1983. Betty served the third supervisorial district for five years.

    Betty's progressive ideas along with her ability to get things done made her a well-respected political mind in California's San Joaquin Valley. Aspiring political candidates would often reach out to Betty first when running for office. Betty and her husband, Richard, were a formidable team--especially when it came to organizing campaigns and winning elections.

    Along with being a political trailblazer, Betty was also a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Betty's family was everything to her. She was a caregiver for a majority of her life--providing for her disabled son, Eric, for over 50 years, and caring for Richard after his stroke. Betty truly understood the importance of love and family.

    Betty leaves behind her daughter, Mary and son-in-law, Ted Mooradian; her grandchildren, Ali Mooradian-Pesce and her husband Andres, Lauren, Jacob, and Joseph Mooradian.

    Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in paying tribute to the life of Betty Ramacher. Her unwavering commitment to bettering the lives of residents in Fresno County will never be forgotten. Betty will be remembered as a woman with a kind heart and loving soul.

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