Betty Lou Knecht, 89, lovingly known by her family as GG, was born Betty Kennedy on May 24, 1933, to Burt and Christina, in Oakland, CA. She spent most of her childhood in Escalon, CA, when at the age of 15 she met her future husband Floyd Knecht. They were married and moved to Riverbank to start their family, and later to Modesto where they spent the remainder of their lives. Betty worked hard though out her entire life and valued loyalty and attention to detail. She worked for a time as a Dental Assistant, before her and Floyd opened Superior Stainless Manufacturing, in Manteca, CA, were they worked side by side until they sold the business in 1977. They spent the next 30 years traveling, living their summers at their home in Canada, and touring the country in their motor home. Betty was loved by all who knew her and lit up any room she entered. She loved socializing and was an instant friend to all she met. As the matriarch of her family she was cherished by all, especially her 6 great grandchildren, whom she proudly referred to as the jewels in her crown. She loved side by side with Floyd until his passing in 2013. After his passing she continued to travel, enjoying meeting new people and seeing the beauties of the world. She passed peacefully in her home in Modesto on June 12, 2022. On Monday she will be laid to rest next to her husband in the same ground in Escalon she played on as a child.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Toni Spradlin of Modesto, and her two granddaughters, Amber Brigham (Cameron) of Atwater, and Brittney Gonzalez (Edgar) of Modesto, along with her six great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Floyd Knecht, her brother Buddy Kennedy, and her parents Burt and Christina Kennedy.
Deegan Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Knecht family. A visitation is scheduled on Monday, June 20, 2022, at 10:00 AM, at Deegan Funeral Chapel, followed by services at 11:00 AM. Internment will follow at Burwood Cemetery, also in Escalon.