Betty Pedersen

By excerpt from an essay by student journalist, Chris

Betty Pedersen

After getting married to her husband in 1940, she lived only a block away from her parents when her husband was drafted into the Army in 1944 and had to go to Chicago for the Navy’s technical school. “It was so ironic—the day he finished school in Chicago, the war was over!” she chuckles, “While he was gone, I would live for three weeks on my monthly paycheck—then after the third week I’d have meals back home with my parents.”

That sense of family is what led her to move to Lake Berryessa in 1966. For nine years, Betty lived in Lucas Valley with her children and husband, but every Sunday they took a visit to the Berryessa Valley. “We had so much fun, I figured we might as well move there,” she remembers.

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