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Betty L. Tackett/ Deon R. Tackett
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A double funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Assembly of God Church, 7th and Lizzie, Keyes, for Betty Loucile Tackett, 73, and Deon Ruben Tackett, 74, who died as the result of an Oct. 7 automobile crash on their way home from church.

Mrs. Tackett was killed instantly in the crash while, Mr. Tackett was in a coma at Doctors Medical Center until Sunday, Oct. 14, when he died.

Visitation will be held 4 p.m to 8 p.m. today at Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in Modesto.

Burial will take place at Ceres Memorial Park.

Betty Loucile Tackett was born Nov. 15, 1933 in Edwards, Mo. Betty came to Stanislaus County with her family in 1942, first living in Waterford, then in Ceres.

Deon Ruben Tackett was born Feb. 23, 1933 in Bakersfield. Also known as "Babe," Mr. Tackett came to Ceres in 1944.

They married in 1949. Betty was a homemaker and Babe was a plastering contractor. They were active in the Assembly of God Church of Keyes.

Betty's hobbies were music, gardening, cooking, and reading, and she especially enjoyed chocolate.

Mr. Tackett enjoyed music, playing the guitar, woodworking, hiking, photography, and being a cowboy.

Both, however, enjoyed serving their Lord.

They are survived by three children, Michael D. Tackett of Modesto, LeAnn Rayburn of Gentry, Ark., and Anita Marlene Martins of North Bend, Ore.; and 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. They were both preceded in death by their grandson, Derek Lee Rayburn.

Mr. Tackett leaves behind a brother, Gene Lawrence Tackett of Modesto. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben and Coralee Tackett, and brother, Bill Tackett.

Mrs. Tackett is survived by a sister, Geraldine Webster of Oakdale; and a brother, Robert Lee Carpenter of Clear Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Cecil Carpenter; brothers Wayne and Leland Carpenter; and sister Orene Howard.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /October 17, 2007