Oleta M. Boyte
May 25, 1931 - Sep 25, 2015
Oleta May Boyte, aged 84, died peacefully on September 25, 2015, with her family by her side. Oleta was born May 25, 1931, in Durant, Oklahoma, to Jess and Florence Long. Oleta hitchhiked with her family to California at the age of 4. In 1956, she married the love of her life, David Boyte. She is survived by David, her five children: Karin (Thompsen), Sheila, Phil, Steve and Carolyn (Schneider), eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
If you knew Oleta you know she loved people well. For years she and David opened their home countless times for potlucks, game nights, and their weekly Bible study. Oleta professed her belief in God at an early age and her faith was the pillar of her life. Her love of games was legend. She wanted to play cards with anyone who was willing to lose. Most Friday nights were filled with a marble game of Aggravation with friends and everyone yelling and throwing dice. Her love of music and dance mesmerized us all. When she danced everyone stopped to watch. Oleta started dancing in her youth and was a dance instructor with Arthur Murray Studios in North Sacramento. Even in the last few years with her loss of memory all you had to do was put on some music and she would start to dance, tap her feet, or even dance with her own walker. She will be remembered most for her humor and contagious laugh!
Oleta loved being busy! She always wanted to be doing something. She was well respected for the work she did for the state at the Franchise Tax Board and Lottery in Sacramento. When she retired she loved spending time with her grandkids. They all have a memory of grabbing an Orange Crush from her garage fridge.
The Oakland A’s were her first love of sports. A great memory she always cherished was cheering for the A’s as they won three World Series in a row in the early 70’s. David remembers her waking him up when they would win a game in extra innings because she had to celebrate with someone.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 30th from 4-7 PM; the Memorial will be Thursday, Oct 1st 10 AM at Sierra Hills Memorial Park & East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento.
East Lawn Mortuary Chapel
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA 95841