Betty Ellene Hock

By From page A2 | July 21, 2014

Betty Hock

Nov. 15, 1917 — June 27, 2014

Betty Ellene Hock (Crow), age 96, quietly passed away on June 27, 2014, in Placerville, Calif. She was born in Oakland, CA, Nov. 15, 1917, to George and Bessie (Henderson) Crow. She was raised in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, with her parents, brother, Ralph and sister, Marjorie, who both preceded her in death.

In 1933 Betty graduated from North Avenue Presbyterian School in Atlanta, Ga., and then returned to Honolulu when she attended Cannons Business College. In 1936 she married Jack V. Otton in Lihue and returned to Northern California after the attack on Pearl Harbor. They had three children: Dr. William G. Otton of Citrus Heights, Calif., Carol O. Darlington (Harry) of Gold River, Calif., and Wendy Ann Perkins of St. George, Kansas.

Betty is survived by eight grandchildren, Tanya O. Watters (Ora), Kevin Tregar Otton (Maru), Corben A. Otton, Kimberly Ann Darlington-Lerek (Nicholas), Dr. Kristina E. Darlington-Hansen (Matthew), Ian V. Manes (Vickie), Stephen Darlington (Andrea) and Cynthia Darlington-Knoble (Charles). Great-grandchildren include George Ryan Abood (Mariel), Charles and Stephen Knoble, Kaitlyn and Julia Hansen and Zachery, Emma and Zoie Manes.

Betty married Dale L. Hock in 1970 and enjoyed a loving marriage until his passing in 1991. Prior to moving back to Placerville, the Hocks resided in Spring Creek, Nev., where they were actively involved in many civic and religious activities. Upon returning to California, she joined the Federated Church in Placerville. In the 1950s she joined Eastern Star and was a lifelong member. In 1968 she received a national recognition award for ABWA Woman of the Year. In 1997 she was nominated for the Senior of the Year Award by the El Dorado County Commission on Aging. She was a member of the Placerville WPCA for years. In 2002 she received the Volunteer of the Year Award for her work at the Gold Country Retirement Center. She spent 23 years doing volunteer work there.

A private memorial service is planned for the future. Betty will be buried in the Lihue Cemetery next to her beloved Dale and other members of her family. Aloha, Mom.


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