Betty Ann Platero was born to Bob and Cecile Wells in Aledo Illinois on January 25, 1937. She passed peacefully on September 3rd, 2022 at Carson Tahoe Reginal Hospital in Carson City, Nevada. With her only son Robin and wife Charlotte by her side, the sun set on a full life of kindness, generosity and commitment to all creatures great and small. She died from complications of advanced dementia, and congestive heart failure at 85.
Hers was a life lived with many chapters, her childhood on the family farm and the achievement of her Bachelor of Science degree from New Mexico Western College in 1961. There she met and married a Navajo artist and following the birth of her son on the reservation in primitive conditions, she left New Mexico to begin a teaching career at Edwards Air Force Base in California. As the girls P.E. teacher, coach and cheer squad leader, she impacted the lives of countless students through her commitment to their care over any school system politics. Many former students, even going back 50 years, still kept in touch with her, crediting her with changing their direction and positively impacting their futures.
An avid photographer, she retired early to begin a photographic exploration that included visits to every continent, and wonderful photos documenting the thrill of close proximity to endangered species in their natural habitat, even her beloved polar bears. During her post career life in California City, California, she attended all the events at the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound in Rosamond, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
She was an accomplished shopper and collector of antique glass and rare stuffed animals. She had a passion for turning everything she touched to beauty, including her award winning rose and cactus garden, an oasis in the desert community.
Many were touched by her charitable efforts and involvement with community projects, raising donations and teaming up with close friends to participate in annual Mothers Day Teas by decorating tables showcasing her many treasures obtained from her world travels. She tirelessly collected books, toothbrushes, and toys in annual toy drives for the underserved children and Native American communities near by. She was quick to offer support to family and friends and anyone that needed help.
Hers was a rich and colorful life, with the legacy of passionate humanity and preservation of life in all endangered species. She will remain in the hearts of all she touched with her humor, gentle support and fearless independence. Sadly we say goodbye to a fine lady, loyal friend and unconditionally loving Mom.
Posted online on September 16, 2022
Published in Aledo Times Record