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Merced Sun-Star
December 30, 2004

Betty Jean McCollum Padilla
July 12, 1927 ~ December 26, 2004

Betty, a lifelong resident of Merced County was born on July 12, 1927 in Snelling, Calif., born to Walter Austin McCollum & Rhoda Caroline Fine McCollum. She attended local schools and was a graduate of Merced High School, and also attended U.C.Berkeley. Betty was a member of the Merced Historical Society and the Merced County Genealogical Society, a member of the Mayflower Society and the Snelling Historical Society. Betty was a writer, painter, genealogical researcher and for a number of years she wrote a genealogy column for the Merced Sun Star. She published several books on genealogy research and published a website on genealogy.

Betty passed away on Dec. 26, 2004 at Mercy Community Medical Center in Merced, she was 77 years of age.
Betty is survived by her husband, Manuel David Padilla of Merced, Ca., three sons; Peter Padilla of Merced, Ca., Joseph Padilla of Sonora, Ca. and Michael Padilla of Elk Grove, Ca., two sisters; Anna Braun of Alameda, Ca., Wilma Simms of Ceres, Ca., 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, January 3, 2005 at 11:00 A.M. at Snelling Cemetery District. In lieu of flowers donations in Betty's memory may be made to the Snelling Courthouse Building Fund in care of the Snelling Historical Society P.O. Box 249 Snelling, Ca. 95369. All arrangements are under the direction of Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home of Merced.