Betty Louise Davidson Capehart passed away August 27, 2019 from Metastatic Bladder Cancer in Redwood City, California. She was born May 22, 1927 at the farm country home, delivered by Dr. E H Elmore. Her parents were Virgil and Louise Schneider Davidson, originating from Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Betty grew up on the family farm with her sister Shirley, learning to raise rabbits, lambs and baby chicks. The girls worked on the farm thinning and hoeing beets, raking hay, shocking grain, driving teams of horses, and doing 4-H projects at the Minidoka Fair. She loved playing baseball and all outside sports. She attended first grade at the local country school of Empire. After that year, the school was closed and students were bused to Rupert, where she attended Pershing Elementary, and Junior and Rupert High School graduating in May of 1955 which was the last class of Rupert High School. Betty worked at Rexall Drug and the Wilson Theater during high school. Her sister, Deborah Verga Davidson Cooper, was born September 15, 1954 when her mom was 43 years old, of whom Betty was thrilled to have a younger sister.
Betty attended Idaho State University pursuing a BS degree in Pharmacology, graduating in May of 1959. She worked at local pharmacies in Rupert, Paul and Burley. She then went to California in 1962 and lived in San Francisco. She was hired by Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City from 1962 to 1992 as a pharmacy manager, retiring after thirty years. Soon after arriving there she purchased her first vehicle, later remembering fondly she was “proud to be a woman who could walk up to the dealer and buy a blue 1963 split window Corvette in cash.”
Betty met Earl Capehart when she was on the hospital bowling league. They were married October 13, 1964. Betty and Earl purchased their Redwood City home after living in three other apartments (all in Redwood City). Earl took classes for flying small aircraft and they purchased and flew a Cessna 150 to a lot of fun places. They were later divorced.
Betty’s life partner then was Joann Woo. They opened a sandwich shop and designed an alternative to a county proposal to Alameda Road, saving the destruction of some natural environment of Woodside and Redwood City. Then she worked at Nuance Communications, the technology which would later power Siri’s voice recognition.
Betty was a quiet, empathetic, and loving soul. Yet her reserved side was tempered with the best sense of humor that left people in stitches because it was so unexpected. Betty treasured her garden and home.
Betty is survived by her stepdaughter Kimberly Woo; granddaughter Lauren Woo Saffron; and by her loving sisters, Shirley West, and Deborah Cooper; she is also survived by her treasured nieces and nephews Joan, David, Jim (deceased), Angela, Brenda, Ryan, Kevin; as well as her grandnieces and nephews, Kylie, Drew, Cole, Dakota, Trent, Courtney, Shaun, Kristy, Jessica, and Jennifer.