Betty J. Mock passed away on September 4, 2022 with her loving husband by her side. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on December 19, 1942, one of four children born to the late Ray Hurshel Adams and Gussie Mae Bell Miller. The family moved to the Phoenix, Arizona area after World War II. Betty married Leroy “Pete” Mock on July 28, 1985; they celebrated 37 years of marriage less than two months ago. In her early years, she attended Jefferson Elementary School and then middle school, where she worked in her mother’s restaurant and helped run student services at Phoenix Indian School. She frequently traveled with her mother to the Hopi and Navajo reservations to transport students to and from the Indian school. Betty Jane attended high school in Washington. During her high school years, she was a cheerleader for the WHS Rams and worked for the high school newspaper. Betty Jane began her undergraduate college education in 1960 as a journalism major, cheerleader, and worked at the state press graduating in 1964. After being married in 1961, she held several jobs as she moved to different locations in the lumber industry, including Denver, Salt Lake City and other areas of the Southwest. Betty Jane divorced her first marriage in 1983 and moved to the West Phoenix area with David. Later, she became an administrative assistant in the vehicle maintenance department for the city of Tempe. After 13 years, she left Tempe and moved with Pete to Grapevine, TX. While in Texas, she began working from home as a legal assistant to a group of attorneys providing mediation training. When she moved with Pete to the Atlanta Georgia area and a job change, Betty Jane continued to work from home, now as a dedicated legal assistant to an individual attorney. Continuing as a legal assistant, she worked from her home in Las Vegas, until she completed 20 years, retiring after 20 years as an administrative assistant. Betty is survived by her husband Pete, three sons Patrick (Susan), Christopher “Bear” (Jana) and Michael, five grandchildren Kierstin, Noah, Tyler, Aubrey Anna and Austin, two great-grandchildren and her brother Bobbie Adams. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son David Smith, a brother Jack Adams and a sister Barbara West. Family and friends are invited for a visitation on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Betty will be buried with her son David in Resthaven Park Cemetery. There will be a celebration of life starting at 2:30 p.m.
Posted on September 15, 2022
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