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T. BETTE ADDINGTON
3/30/55----07/06/21

 

T. BETTE ADDINGTON (3/30/55----07/06/21)
By Mary Lynly

The world has not only lost Bette Addington, so have all the beneficiaries of her numerous charitable endeavors and many talents. Bette lost her valiant battle with Cancer on July 6, 2021, “peacefully” says her husband Chris who said “It was all we had asked for.”

She had one failing – she couldn’t say, “No,” She was President of the California Bowling Writers, served on the Bakersfield USBC Board of Directors, was instrumental in planning numerus charitable endeavors for her beloved Bakersfield Car Club Council and bowling events. She was forever creative in everything she did making it special. She was a gardener and loved growing beautiful flowers and her vegetable garden and house plants. She also was involved in breeding Chocolate Labs.

If you have missed the Event Calendar Bette Addington puts out, you are among many as she was an integral part of many things. CBW President, the great Event Calendar she keeps up; a writer, she published a column in the Bakersfield Californian – on-line and in print; she published a monthly newsletter for the Bakersfield Car Club Council she and her husband Chris are heavily involved in; She was always involved in her local association, the Bakersfield USBC of which she is a Life Member and Hall of Famer; Since 1984 she was the Controller for her husband’s former Architectural firm Addington Associates. To top it all off she is a premier cookie baker and provided the delicious morsels on numerous occasions. As you can see, Bette was an almost unreplaceable entity in many things.

Married to Architect Chris for 43 years, she says "it is being a part of a team that has the same goals that really energizes me." Bette is a Bakersfield native and says she met Chris on jury duty. They are both and "only child" and shared the love of cars, sports, and the ocean all which includes the love of her six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Bette has been the recipient of California WBA publicity awards for Outstanding Tournament Promotion (2001), Outstanding Overall Reporting (1998, 1999), the Lucelle Ware Memorial Award for Overall Excellence in Writing (1998) and National Women Bowling Writers Publicity Chairman of the Year award (2001) and the prestigious Mary Jannetto Award for Outstanding Local Bowling Promotion. Topping it off is her latest honor, being inducted into the Bakersfield WBA Hall of Fame in 2005 and California USBC Hall of Fame (2021.) All this and she carried a 181 bowling average! She enjoyed working with youth. She started bowling in high school (hoping to meet someone interesting.) Chris was the bowler and after a disastrous start she decided the goal was to "beat Chris."

Bette shared Chris' love for building and re-building classic cars and they have won awards all over the Western U.S. and Canada. They even took one to Sweden and won there. Their latest is a 1940 Ford truck "Purple Sage" – a favorite of hers. The California bowling Writers say goodbye to a very special part of us.

From Husband Chris:
T. Bette Addington, age 66 of Bakersfield, CA and Prescott, AZ, beloved wife, mother and Grandma, drew her last breath July 06, 2021, in her final battle with Cancer. She is now with the angels and flying above us. She will be forever cruising in her cars with friends, bowling with the angels and rocking music thru the heavens.

We will be having a simple service that will be about the good things of life, no tear parties, filled with happiness and positive future. Her mission in life is not where you been but where you are going.

It will most likely be in the next few weeks on a Saturday morning as we make the finalize arrangements, inside out of the heat. The family is asking that if you are a bowler please wear a bowling shirt to the service, a car person a car shirt, a tennis person a tennis shirt and other friends come comfortable, we are lay back and want to give her a tribute as she was. Short pants are ok, we are casual folks. There will be 50 designated car spaces for classic cars/VW's/Hot Rods/Trucks and muscle classics. Message Chris to reserve a space for your vehicle. The service wills start at 10, doors open at 9, should be not to long of a service, you are welcome to come and give Bette a final tribute on her journey. There will be no viewing.

Please in lieu of flowers we invite you make a donation to the Bakersfield Car Club Council, in Bette's name. Mail to 3434 Truxtun Ave, Suite 290, Bakersfield, CA 93301. BCCC PayPal is Ranchmink@gmail.com Funds will be donated to local children's charities of Kern County, in Bette's Name.

Chris Addington and Family


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