Betty Dawn Walp (Nugent), of Dunsmuir, CA died in her home surrounded by family on Friday afternoon, August 11, 2017. She was 73 years old.
Betty is survived by her children, Janie Scott, Dunsmuir, CA, Sandra Flud, Dunsmuir, CA, Gary Flud, Roseville, CA, Vikki Rhinehart, Dunsmuir, CA, Teresa Hodges, Dunsmuir, CA, and Ricky Florendo (Hodges), Mt. Shasta, CA.; her twenty-one grandchildren; her thirteen great-grandchildren ; and her sisters, Beatrice Wells, Yuba City, CA and Victoria Edwards, Lincoln, CA.
Betty was born on December 19, 1943 in Broken Bow, OK to Ruby Wilkinson and James Nugent. She had five siblings: Donna, Victoria, Beatrice, James, and Johnny Ray. During her childhood, Betty’s family moved to Redding, CA. She graduated from Shasta High School in 1961, and married shortly after. Through two marriages, Betty had seven children total and spent a good amount of time at home being a loving and supportive mother. When not at home, she worked as a Registered Nurse Assistant and later enjoyed delivering newspapers in the Sacramento area. She always made time to enjoy camping, fishing, visits to the coast, shopping, and BINGO. She was proud of the family’s Native American roots, and enjoyed items related to her heritage. Above all else, Cooking was her most beloved pastime, and she never learned to stop cooking for an army of children.
After all the children were grown, she returned to school in pursuit of an Associate’s Degree from College of the Siskiyous (COS) in Administration of Justice. There she discovered a love of photography and spent many hours in the dark room and her family often became the main subjects of her artwork. Betty was a few units short of completing the degree, before her health created challenges that needed immediate attention. Recurring health issues discouraged her from completing the degree, and combined with a financial windfall, she decided to retire in her late-fifties. Early retirement was an exciting and difficult roller coaster of challenges for Betty, but she weathered the hardships with courage and celebrated the abundances with love and happiness. Most of all, she once again had time to cook for the whole family and everyone else who decided to show up for dinner.
Betty passed away peacefully in her home after a 20 year battle with COPD. Her surviving children and family will always remember her as an extremely tough, opinionated, and strong willed woman who loved them unconditionally. Her courageous and fighting spirit will continue to inspire after her passing, and she will always be in our hearts.