Betty Jean Lewis, a fourth generation Elk Grove resident, died September 16, 2019 at the age of 91. Betty was the youngest of five children born to Rubert Livy Dart and Elsie Winkelman Dart, arriving on October 21, 1927. Like her older siblings, she was born at home, on the ranch established by her grandfather Livy Dart at what is now East Stockton Boulevard and Sheldon Road. A few years later, the family left the ranch to move into a “town home” on Summit Street and Second Avenue, where Betty grew up.
She attended Elk Grove Union Grammar School and was graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1945. After graduation she worked at Cresta Blanca Winery in Elk Grove before marrying Edmund Lewis on January 26, 1927 in the Elk Grove Community Church, now the United Methodist Church. The couple had met several years earlier at a Fourth of July picnic in Elk Grove Park.
The newlyweds moved to the Lewis ranch on Bader Road, which had been established by Edmund's family nearly 100 years before. Edmund continued to operate the ranch until it was sold in 1960. They then moved to a home on Poppyridge Road. Edmund began a new career as a heavy equipment operator and land leveler, working for numerous ranchers along the Cosumnes River in Elk Grove, Wilton, Sheldon and Sloughhouse.
Betty worked at a series of jobs in medical offices, both in Elk Grove and Sacramento, eventually retiring after many years as a medical transcriber for Radiological Associates of Sacramento.
By then they had moved to Cedarwood Mobile Home Park in south Sacramento, where Betty quickly became active in park events. She served several terms on the homeowners' association board, including as president. Cedarwood was home for 28 years, until Edmund passed away in 2015.
Betty was a 50-year member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West and a member of Lambda Theta Alpha, a women's social and philanthropic organization that was active in Elk Grove for many years. She also belonged to several bridge groups. Throughout her life Betty remained very close to her brothers and sisters and loved to host family dinner parties.
In addition to her husband, Betty was preceded in death by her siblings Dorothy Green, Aleta Miles, Robert (Buster) Dart and Marvin Dart; brother-in-law Buck Miles; and sister-in-law Pat Dart-Carlisle.
She is survived by her nieces Marsha Holmes of Elk Grove, Mary Ellen McCafferty of San Felipe, Mexico, Susan Firchau of Rocklin, and Barbara DeLaney of Dixon; nephews David Dart of Lodi, Dennis Dart of Irvine and Lewis Van Vleck of Plymouth; and numerous grand-and great-grand nieces and nephews.
The onset of dementia made Betty's last years very difficult, bearable only through the loving and compassionate care of Grace Dulay and her staff at Aloha Assisted Living. It became her home, and they became her family. There will be no services at Betty's request.