Betty Jean (Youker) Gray
|Posted 2019-02-10 by Judy Wight Branson|
|Camp Verde Bugle, Camp Verde, Arizona|
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Betty Jean Gray died peacefully in her Camp Verde, Arizona, home on
Sept. 17, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in rural upstate New York on a dairy farm Sept. 10, 1935, she
later attended Cazenovia College and studied medical technology.
After graduating, she worked many years in medical records.
At home, there was never a dull moment in the family household. The
family owned the Adirondack Game Farm which featured over 100 animals,
including a Bengal tiger, chimpanzee, monkeys, pumas, kangaroos and
other exotic species. The adventure continued when Betty moved to
Arizona with her family.
Time with family was especially important to Betty. She loved
surrounding herself by her children and grandchildren. She will be
dearly missed. Predeceased by her son, Kevin Gray; parents, Arthur and
Helen Youker; and sister, Marion.
Betty is survived by her companion and soul mate of 27 years, Gene
Shoemake; Kevin’s wife, Andi Gray of Cornville; daughter, Sherrie
Taveira of Camp Verde; daughter, Cindy (Joel) Westervelt of Camp Verde;
and son, Jeff (Brenda) Gray of Tucson. She has been blessed with nine
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at 4
p.m., at the Bueler Funeral Home in Camp Verde. In lieu of flowers,
donations to Northern Arizona Hospice (928.639.6676) would be
Special thanks for the kindness and exceptional care given to our
mother in her final days.
Information provided by survivors.
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