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Funeral Service

Reedley Cemetery Memorial Service Building
Wednesday January 26th, 2022

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Betty Apkarian

May 22, 1921 - January 19, 2022
Betty was born on May 22, 1921, in Dinuba, California, to Armenian immigrants, Krikor and Yeghsa "Elizabeth" Hovsepian. She had a wonderful childhood with loving parents, and twin siblings Ara, and Roxie. She attended Reedley schools and graduated from Reedley High School in 1939. She married the love of her life, Vartan Apkarian, on June 6, 1943. Together they raised their three children - Tom, Don and Nancy. They had a great family life, centered on simple pleasures: outdoor adventures that included fishing, enjoying the cabin they built in Wilsonia, and vacation travels.
Later in life Betty and Vartan traveled together to the central coast Farmer's Markets, where they sold their fresh fruit to the public. It was hard work, but Betty greatly enjoyed the experience. She made many dear friends who were drawn to her industriousness, infectious good nature - reflected in her sense of humor, and the sparkle in her eyes. Betty had a verve for life and an eagerness to be productive and creative. She found great pleasure in baking, cooking, and canning various fruits, pickles, and peppers for her family and friends.
Betty loved being in her garden growing a multitude of plants and flowers. She loved playing bridge and pinochle, while belonging to many different card groups throughout her life. Betty was an active member of the PTA, Daughters of Vartan, and Reedley Study & Civic Club.
Her family is so grateful that a few days before her passing she got to meet one of her most recently born great-grandchildren. The last congregation in her quaint home was for the birthday celebration of another one of her great-grandchildren. It was an evening marked with love and laughter.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Vartan, her brother Ara, sister Roxie, and son Don.
She is survived by her son, Tom and his wife, Susie; daughter Nancy and her husband, Bob; daughter-in-law Linda Raphael and her husband, Brian; grandchildren Lindsey (Kenny) Noren, Amanda Poochigian, Celeste (Eric) Rabey, Tommy (Kelsey) Apkarian, Bobby Poochigian, Amy (Chris) Stathakopoulos, Russell (Marci) Souza, and 10 great grandchildren.
Her family especially appreciates the love, kindness and friendship shown to Betty throughout her 100-plus years.
Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.

Funeral Service
Memorial Service Building
Reedley Cemetery
January 26, 2022 – 11:00 AM


A candle was lit in memory of Betty Apkarian

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A candle was lit in memory of Betty Apkarian

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