Surrounded by loved ones, Betty McAleavey, passed on peacefully in her sleep at her home on May 2, 2020 in Klamath Falls, OR. There will be quite a homecoming in heaven where Betty joins her beloved husband, John McAleavey; son, Steve Sweaney; parents: Manual and Ione Fernandez; and siblings: Deloras Fomasi, Ione (Sissy) Vogensen and Manual (Buzz) Fernandez.
Betty is survived by six of her seven children: Theresa (Teri) Sweaney, Tonya Sweaney-Wilde, Karen Bryan, Jacky McAleavey, Rhonda McAleavey-Kielich and Brenda McAleavey. Betty had 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and had the ability to make each one feel like they were the favorite. There were many fun-loving discussions between her children and then later grandkids debating over who was "the favorite" like it was a prize to be won. In addition to Betty's children/grandchildren, there were many young people that adopted her as a surrogate mother, and she made a significant impact in their lives.
Betty was born in Petaluma, CA on September 29th. She was an amazing, loving & selfless women who touched many with her kindness and unconditional love. She was the ultimate caregiver, putting others needs in front of her own. She did not have much, but what she had, she shared with others. Betty found peace and strength with her strong faith in Jesus Christ and her Heavenly Father throughout her life and this faith brought her comfort all the way to the point of her passing. As a child of God, she devoted her life to her family as a loving wife, mother and provider. She lived her life without judgement of others and acceptance of many. She truly blessed the lives of all who had the good fortune to know her. We will miss her terribly for now, but take comfort in the fact that someday we will be reunited.
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