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Betty Humphries, 87, enjoyed volunteering
From staff reports of the

Ceres (Calif.) Courier

Betty Humphries, a Wales immigrant who made Ceres her home 54 years ago and became involved in local organizations, has died at the age of 87.

Mrs. Humphries was also Ceres' "first lady" when her husband, Ted Humphries, served as mayor from 1976 to 1980.

She was a long time and active member of many groups, including Ceres First Methodist Church, Persephone Guild, and the Red Hat Society. She vounteered at Delta Blood Bank since 1963, spending every other Friday helping out at the Ceres office. Mrs. Humphries gave over 25,000 hours of volunteer service to Memorial Medical Center.

"She was the most fun-loving, outgoing person," said her daughter, Verna Nelson. "She loved people. She loved Memorial Hospital with a passion. She always wanted to be a nurse ... she just loved life."

Mrs. Humphries wrote articles for the Ceres Courier when Lee Roddy was editor during the 1970s. Another time she worked for Florence's Dress Shop in downtown Ceres before it closed.

Her service to her community earned her honors from Soroptimist International of Ceres as a Women of Distinction about eight years ago.

Born July 4 1920, Mrs. Humphries was born in Wales and came to Ceres in 1953 because family was here.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ceres First Methodist Church for Betty Humphries, 87, of Ceres. She died on Aug. 9, 2007 at Memorial Medical Center.

Friends are welcome to attend a Welsh wake in remembrance of her life at 5:30 p.m. at the Oakbrook Lodge, 1844 Scenic Drive, Modesto.

She leaves behind her devoted husband of more than 50 years, Ted Humphries of Ceres; her daughter, Verna Nelson of Modesto; her grandson, Scott Raper of Ceres; and three great-granddaughters, Jessica Raper, Allison Raper, and Krista Raper, all of Ceres. She was preceded in death by grandson Rian Raper.