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February 19, 1939 – October 28, 2018

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Betty Rax
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Obituary for Betty Rax

Betty Rax, 79 died at home in Sparks, NV surrounded by family after a short illness. Mrs. Rax was born on the 19th of February 1939 in Lower Peach Tree, AL to her parents Tempie Mae Wilson and Grady Dortch. At a very young age she moved from Mobile, AL to San Francisco, CA to join her father Grady who had moved out to the West Coast years before. She attended and graduated from Mission High School in San Francisco. She also spent many of her early days in West Oakland with her beloved cousin and “second mother” Mary Williams, Cousin Shep and family. Towards the end of High School, she met her future husband Lambert Bobby Rax. They married shortly after her graduation and began their family in San Francisco moving to Oakland with their six children and buying her treasured home on 62nd Avenue.

Betty Rax always had a wish to be a teacher. She never was an official teacher, but she made sure that all her children were home schooled and could read and write before they started school. She also volunteered as often as she could at her children school Redeemer Luther’s PTA and on their field trips. In addition to being an extraordinary homemaker, she also worked as a caregiver in some of the local senior citizen rest homes.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Tempie Dortch, Husband Lambert Rax, Brother Jerry Dickinson, Stepfather Jim Dickinson, Father-In-Law George Rax, Mother-In-Law Helen Rax; Sister-In-Laws Anita Dortch, Georgina Mackie, Ruthie Chappell, and Lisa Rax; Brother-In-Law Joseph Chappell; Son-In-Law Howard Gibson; Cousins Mary and
Shep Williams. Betty Rax leaves to mourn her, six children, Lambert Jr., Stephanie (Gibson), Sonja, Grady Anthony, John Eric and Lisa Rax; five grandchildren, Latasha (Elton Dotson), Escenthio, Devin, Grady Jr., Lambert Jr.; eight great grandchildren Ladarian, Kieaira, Breannah, Hailey, Elton, Amya, Maurice and Megan; eleven brothers and sisters, Grady Jr., Emmanuel, Johnny, Peggy, Annie Laura, Perry (Pero), Jimmy, James, David, Hazel and Cory; Daughter-in-Laws Teysha Harbin, Yvette Rax; Families, Chappell, Mackie, Dortch, Dickinson and William; Family friends Tony Curtis, Maria Lopez-Toral, AL Johnson, Roy Browner, Rose Hamilton, Saadia Glover, Beverly Tillman, Her Realtors Melanie Warda, Lucy Olguin, Kelly and Pam; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family wants to send a special thank you to the Kindred Hospice group, the Northern Nevada Hospital team, the nurses on the Fifth Floor and Juan Francisco who was always there to fix things for Betty Rax.

We thank all of you that sent prayers and well wishes to Betty Rax.
She was a special lady and will be missed. Blessing to you all.

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Service Information

Saturday, November 10th, 2018 12:00pm
Walton Sierra Chapel
875 West 2nd Street
Reno, NV