Betty Lou Shimasaki

Jun 11, 1931 - Mar 23, 2018


Betty Lou Shimasaki; wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on Friday March 23rd surrounded by loved ones. She lived her last days as she had most of her life—loving her family and taking care of others.
Betty Lou (Asakawa) was born on June 11, 1931 in Rocky Ford, Colorado to Virginia and Kyozo Asakawa. She was the fourth of nine children born to Virginia and Kyozo. Her siblings include Margaret, Richard (Dick), Shirley Mae, Taro, Evelyn (Koko), Lillian, Bill and Becky. The family moved to Ordway, Colorado where her father farmed, with Betty going to school in Crowley about 10-15 miles away.
Through a pastor sharing Jesus Christ to her brother Dick, and his influence on the rest of the family, Betty accepted Jesus into her life at an early age. Betty met and fell in love with Shosan Jack Shimasaki, and through her testimony to Shosan, he also accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. They were married, and she gave birth to three sons and one daughter: Shosan Jack, Jr., Craig, Rod and Sandra. Through their life and testimony, Betty and Shosan led all four of their children to Jesus.
Betty and Jack were dedicated to giving to others in the church they attended. They were part of a group that were sent from 14th Avenue Baptist Church in Sacramento to help start a mission in Elk Grove. They were founding members of that mission which later became Country Oaks Baptist Church. Betty and Jack held numerous positions in the church, from leading the youth group to singing in the choir, leading worship, serving as a deacon, serving as secretary, and being actively involved in all aspects of growing the church. Betty was gifted with an eye for floral arranging and she could be found decorating the church for holidays, and her home, with beautiful silk flower arrangements.
Betty enjoyed accounting and finance and worked her way up in her career from being a secretary and a bookkeeper, to Controller of one of the largest employers in the Sacramento area. Betty was tireless and somehow seamlessly balanced work, family, and church life. Betty had high expectations and always wanted her children and grandchildren to do their best. She was generous with her time and would prepare food for everyone who came over to their home and kept the pantry full whether she had four growing kids or just a single grandchild in the house.
Betty was always concerned about the well-being of others, putting their needs over her own. She was not one to ever complain, even to her very last days. She is dearly remembered for her kind heart, her infectious laughter, and her example of love and compassion. Throughout her life, Betty continued to stay close to her brothers and sisters, celebrating birthdays together, taking special trips, and numerous family get-togethers, creating a lifetime of shared family memories.
Betty had a strong interest in future events and in the second coming of Jesus Christ, as well as prophecy and the people of Israel. Betty cherished her peaceful quiet times and could be found each day in her corner rocking chair by the window reading her Bible and in quiet prayer with God. We know that today she is rejoicing in the presence of Jesus.
She will be dearly missed, but her memory and legacy lives on through the lives of her husband and friend of 65 years, Shosan Jack Shimasaki, her children: Shosan Jack Shimasaki, Jr. (Debra), Craig (Verna), Rod, and Sandra (Jim), through her eight grandchildren: Kyle, Jodie (Clint), Lara, Danley, Alyssa (Adam), Lori, Brandon, Alexandra, and her three great-grandchildren: Michaela, Micah and James.
Memorial services will be held at Country Oaks Baptist Church at 9717 Bond Rd, Elk Grove, California 95624, on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at twelve-o’clock noon.


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