Betty Jean Godinho leaves this world at 92 to join husband

Betty Jean Godinho
Betty Jean Godinho

On Friday, November 17, 2023, Betty Jean Souza Godinho left this world at 92 to be with her God and beloved husband, Janeiro (Jerry) Godinho. Jerry preceded her in death after 58 years of marriage.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Edith Souza of Tulare, her sister, Elinore Godinho of Lemoore, and brothers Ronald and Mervin Souza of Tulare.

Betty is also preceded in death by her sons, Jerry Godinho and John Mark Godinho, and her beloved grandson, Zachary Godinho.

She is survived by her daughter, Christine Contente of Lemoore, and her sons Rick (Dawn) Godinho of Tillamook, David (Karen) Godinho of Sacramento, Doug (Susan) Godinho of Hanford, and Michael (Kim) Godinho of Aptos. She is survived by seven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

She graduated from Tulare Union High School, where she was Drum Majorette. She married the love of her life in 1950 and lived in Lemoore until her death, where they raised their seven children. She worked at Stratford Elementary School as a Migrant Aide teaching three generations of Stratford students English. She always referred to them as “her kids”.

Betty was active in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She attended numerous sports events, 4-H dairy shows and took her great-grandchildren to Catechism weekly. She was devoted to her faith, attending Mass daily.

Betty is known lovingly for her chocolate cakes, Snickerdoodles, and Chocolate Chip cookies that were always available in her freezer for those she loved.

She was respected and well-known in the community and will be greatly missed by all those who loved her with all their hearts.

A visitation will be held Thursday, November 30, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel. Rosary and Mass will be held December 1, 2023, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

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