Betty Lou Smith

May 15, 1944 - Jul 30, 2004


Betty Lou Smith at the age of 60 entered into eterenal rest on Friday, July 30, 2004. Beloved wife of Kenn Smith and loving mother of Lori Starnes and Lisa Gamboa of Elk Grove. She also leaves her cherished grandchildren Jennifer Starnes, Ariana and Diego Gamboa. She is also survived by her sisters Linda Valdez of Arizona, Patsy Tenorio of Oregon, Lillian Nocera of Ohio and a brother, Fred Benavidez of Missouri. She was preceeded in death by her parents Sadie and Frank N. Benavidez, SR., two brothers Max and Frank N. Benavidez, Jr., and two sisters Rose Petrocelli and Emma Ortega. Betty was born May 15, 1944 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Funeral Home:
South East Lawn Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Boulevard
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Marilyn Sullivan says:

    Betty, you will be greatly missed. Though you can’t be replaced, you will not be forgotten. May you be the angel on your grandchildren shoulders. Lori and Lisa I send my condolences. I know your lost, may time heal your pain.

  • Lisa Gamboa says:

    Dear Mom, I will miss you so much. Thank you for being a wonderful mom and nana. I love you and you will always be in my heart.

  • Renea Abdin says:

    With heartfelt sympathy, the Abdin Family wishes you peace at this time of deep sorrow.

  • Rodney Benavidez says:

    I will never forget you Auntie! You were always good to me I will miss you love Rodney Allen Benavidez

  • yolanda marino says:

    when i saw betty picture i couldn’t help and think look at that smile,she had a happy smile betty was my son (jeff farias) godmother. i am so sorry to hear of your lost,lori and lisa my love to you and fam. yolanda marino

  • Sherri Adams says:

    That is a beautiful picture of Betty in the paper. Lisa we have you in our prayers. May the Lord comfort you during this difficult time. The Adams family

  • Effie Rea & Ben Racoma says:

    Dear Ken and family, We are profoundly sorry that you have lost a wonderful wife, mom and grandmother. We know Betty was devoted to all of you and her death has left a huge void in your lives. Cherish the memories you have and remember her beautiful smile. You will be in our hearts and prayers. Sincerely, Effie & Ben

  • Anne Murch says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult of times. Betty had a knack for doing my hair “just right”.

  • maxine hogan says:

    I am sending my condolences to ken and family my deepest sorrow for the lost of a good mom and wife. maxine hogan 916-331-4530

  • Leo and Denby Lostpecih says:

    We are so sorry to hear the news about Betty. Our prayers are with her and her family.

  • Ed, Yvonne, and Taylor Caswell-Chen says:

    Betty, you will be missed very much by all your friends and family. You will always be here with us in our memories.

  • Heidi Evans says:

    My heartfelt thoughts and hugs go out to Lisa, Lori, Kenn and the kids with Betty’s passing. I am, however, relieved to have “mom” resting peacefully given her struggle these past few months. She will forever be guiding you throughout your lives – just from a different vantage point. Thank you Betty for all the memories,especially those years in junior high when you made my hair look “mavelous”…a time in my life when that was so important!

  • Yvette Bahn-Carpenter says:

    Oh Mz.Betty, I’m so sorry to hear of your passing. Boy i truly enjoyed working with you @ UPS. we sure had some crazy times there. I enjoyed all the stories we shared about our families. i know you are deeply missed by all who knew you.. “To know you is to love you” . I will always have you in my thoughts and memories. To all our fun and secrets we had at UPS. May your family have the strength to get through such a hard time. God bless you all. Friends 4 Ever..

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