Berzaida Reyes
03/12/2021

Berzaida Reyes left this world in Washington, UT to be with her adored Mami on March 12, 2021. She was one of eight and the fourth child born in 1943 to Juanita Pena in Collores, Humacao, Puerto Rico. Betty, aka Betty Boop, Ms. Hollywood, Betun, Mami, Grandma, and Great Grandma, lived in the NorCal Bay Area. Betty is survived by her two sons, Daniel and Israel, granddaughter Misty, grandsons Israel, Jr, and Jacob, great-grandchildren Jocelyn Elaine, Zedekiah Gabriel, Emersyn Grace, and Ezeqiel. Her surviving siblings are Olga Iris, Ivy, Edith Senet, Isander, Anibal, Milagros, and Abigail.

Betty grew up in The Bronx, New York, and in the mid-1960s worked in a hat factory and medical lab. In her mid-twenties, with her young boys in tow, she left New York and began her journey to Puerto Rico, and ultimately settled in California. Betty was unique in many ways, and though her memory failed at the end, she could recite details others could not. She loved to laugh, dance, and listen to all Spanish music; some favorites were salsa, merengue, and bolero. Besides music and dancing, her favorite pastime was being with her family, playing dominoes and a fierce card game of thirty-one. One of her greatest attributes was her ability to smile regardless of her situation, and though a simple woman, her loved abounds on all her survivors.

Betty was loved and forever remembered; she will be greatly missed by her rambunctious family and friends. Rest in innocence, Betty.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to her online guestbook at www. spilsburymortuary.com

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  1. I had the privileged of taking care of Betty the last two months of her life. I am sure the Lord had me here for this purpose. Her last days were spend eating, dancing, playing dominos, and playing the card game 31. Her joy of living was amazing. My heart goes to her children and grandchildren, but we know she is in a better place, no more pain, no more sorrow. The Lord took her quickly, maybe too quickly, at the same time the Lord answered our prayer, for her to be comfortable and painless in her journey to heaven.

  2. To my Titi, you will always be remembered as a fun, loving,caring, and fierce 31 card player. You will be missed.

  3. Love my sweet, and at the same time difficult, sister. Betty was a very generous person who remembered everyone’s birthday and present with a gift of whatever value. I was very close to Betty and miss her innocent and outrageous remarks about life. Betty routinely called and her messages, “Abigail, where are you,” “Abigail, answer the phone,” and “Abigail … “ are suddenly quieted. Rest, my dear sister, along with Mami and loved ones.

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