Valerie K. Betts, age 76, of Painted Post, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Absolut Care of Three Rivers. She was born on May 6, 1941 in Corning, the daughter of Harley and Wilmina (Houghtaling) Knickerbocker. She married Robert M. Betts on February 14, 1968 in Corning.
Valerie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and great grandmother and she was a member of Christian Life Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Robert M. Betts, sons and daughters-in-law, James and Gina Betts of Gardner, North Carolina, John and Candy Betts of Gibson, and Thomas and Claire Betts of Gardner, North Carolina, brother, Harlan Knickerbocker of Campbell, sisters, Sandra Smith of Painted Post and Kathy (Jeff) Pierson of Horseheads, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Valerie was predeceased by an infant son, Jonathan Matthew Betts in 1968 and her siblings, Bonnie, Sherlan, and Gerald.
A celebration of Valerie's life will take place at Christian Life Baptist Church, 2523 Brown Hollow Rd., Corning, on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11:00am with a luncheon to follow. Burial will take place at Chapel Knoll Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to the Alzheimer's Association-Rochester Chapter, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620, the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790, www.cancer.org or the Christian Life Baptist Church, 2523 Brown Hollow Rd., Corning, NY 14830.
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