BADGE 7038, ID 8477 & 8734
SDPD 09/30/1985 - 12/2007
11/12/1937 - 01/18/2022
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Bette went to be with the Lord on January 18, 2022.

She was preceded in death by her two sons Darryl and Mike Weed; survived by her husband of 45 years Richard Benavides, her brother Keith Vansickle, and grandsons Patrick and Steven.

Bette was born in Fort Scott, Kansas, and moved to Lemon Grove, Santee, and then Ramona, retiring from a life of service at the SDPD as a Police Service Officer  and Training Officer.

Bette loved people and had a passion for teaching and athletics. She was an award-winning swimmer, National Racquetball Champion, and owned her own Racquetball Club. She taught paddleball, racquetball and enriched the lives of hundreds, teaching couples and country line dance.

Bette and Richard taught dance at Ramona Terrace Estates, Ramona Library, Ramona Julian Academy of Dance, in Hemet and Escondido Moose Lodges and community centers, taking only holidays and sick days off in 5 years.

On the weekends she could be found with Richard and many line-dance friends at local clubs enjoying Country Bands and dancing. Bette and Richard's grace and style on the dance floor inspired many.

Thank you Bette! We love you. Until we meet again, 1Thes.4:13-18. A Tile in Tribute to Bette and Richard for their loving and selfless volunteer dance lessons hangs on the wall of the Ramona Library.
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