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CLEVELAND-BARKER, Betty V. July 25, 1920 - May 14, 2010 Betty V. Cleveland-Barker, 89, of Mojave, California, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died on May 14, 2010. Betty died peacefully in Mojave of natural causes. Betty was born on July 25, 1920, in Long Beach, California to Myrtle and Alonzo McAdams. Betty grew up in Long Beach and graduated from Wilson High School in 1938. Betty and her family moved to Mojave shortly after graduation. Betty worked for the United Service Organization (USO) in Mojave during World War II. Betty was a Librarian at the Mojave Branch of the Kern County Library System, a Secretary at Mojave Elementary School, and would later dedicate herself to working with physically and mentally challenged students at Mojave High School. She was deeply loved by all the students she encountered. Betty was a lover of the arts. She spent endless hours painting, writing, and dancing (Hula, Square, and Round). She won many dance contests and was a member of the Aces and Deuces Square Dance Club. Betty was also a long standing member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Lancaster. Betty was fluent in both Hawaiian and Spanish. Above all she loved her family and her pets. Betty is survived by her daughter Linda Sampson and her husband Gary of Prescott, Arizona; her son David Cleveland and his wife Rebecca of Mojave; her son Terry Cleveland and his wife Cathi also of Mojave; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many other dear friends and family members. Betty was preceded in death by her loving husbands, Larry Cleveland and Sam Barker, mother, Myrtle McAdams, and father, Alonzo McAdams. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Betty's caregivers, Wayne and Linda Cross. Services will be held at 2 p.m., on June 12, 2010, at Stickel Mortuary in Mojave. This will be a Hawaiian themed celebration of Betty's life. It is requested that guest's wear brightly colored/Hawaiian apparel. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the National Stroke Association

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