Celebrating Betty Frisbee, 2022 Elder Day Honoree

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By Wally Pearce, Winters Elder Day Council
Special to the Express

Betty Frisbee was born on Tuesday, July 12, 1932, in Woodland, Calif. Betty grew up on a ranch with three brothers and a sister. When she moved to Winters her family lived in a home just outside of Winters.

While living on the Woodland ranch, Betty’s family owned a very large and protective German Shepard. Betty recalls when they moved into town, and because the dog was so protective, they had to walk the mailman around the block so he could safely complete his job, and so that the dog wouldn’t harm him.

Betty said her first job was cutting fruit at the fruit dryer, being paid 50 cents per box. She later worked at a five and dime in Winters.

During high school, Betty met her husband Don. Shortly after Betty graduated from high school, she and Don were married. Don went into the Air force after he completed college. Betty and Don were married for 70 years.

Betty first learned how to drive on the ranch at age 10 or 12. She also learned how to work on a Model T Ford. Betty’s first car was a 1948 or 1949 Plymouth that her husband Don owned while in college.

Betty said she is most frustrated today because she must use a walker to walk, and she can no longer dance. Betty and Don use to dance well into the night when they would go to the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on Friday and Saturday nights to listen to the big bands and dance together. She said her husband Don was the most influential person in her life.

One of her proudest moments was when her first daughter was born. Betty has four daughters, five grandsons, one granddaughter, and four great-great-grandsons. Betty wants to be remembered by her family as a loving person.

If a young person were to ask Betty for advice about life, she would tell them to work hard, stay healthy, and stay out of trouble.

See all 14 2022 Elder Day honorees at https://tinyurl.com/8kx9fc4z.

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