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Friends remember Bette O'Keefe's civic involvement

Friends remember Bette O'Keefe's civic involvement

North County business owner died Sunday

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Friends and colleagues are mourning the loss of Berkeley resident Bette J. O'Keefe, a businesswoman and longtime member of various civic organizations in North County.

O'Keefe, 68, died Sunday after a long illness, She was the owner and operator of CRS Printing and Envelope in Woodson Terrace. O'Keefe also was a past president and a member of the Woodson Terrace Business Association, a member of the Lambert Rotary Club, past board member of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce, board member of St. Johns Financial Services and a charter member of the Overland Business Association.

"She was a great friend," said Carolyne Simpson, assistant vice president with St. Johns Bank and Trust Co. "I'm going to miss her so much. Bette was active in everything she did. She liked to be involved in everything."

Although O'Keefe's business is in Woodson Terrace, she belonged to both the Woodson Terrace and Overland business associations.

"Much of her business came from Overland," Simpson said.

O'Keefe had a regional view of business, said Mitchell Wilson, president of the Overland Business Association.

"She knew what was good for one city was good for everybody," Wilson said. "She was a such a good person and always energetic. We'll all miss her."

O'Keefe was a lot of fun, said Pat Watson, a longtime friend and secretary of the Woodson Terrace Business Association.

"We worked together a lot," Watson said. "Bette was a good friend to me and a lot of people. She belonged to so many organizations and did a lot of good."

O'Keefe had a daughter, Karen Deal, and a son, Thomas O'Keefe; was the grandmother of Morgan and Ian Deal, and Zachary and Bryan O'Keefe; the daughter of Eunice Rahn; and an aunt and cousin.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Baumann Colonial Chapel, 2504 Woodson Road in Overland. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, followed by burial at Memorial Park Cemetery in Jennings.

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