October 3, 1933 ~ November 12, 2021 (age 88)


Betty Folkner

10-03-1933 to 11-12-2021

Betty was born in Arkansas to Willie and Margie Hampton. She was one of 11 children.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gene Folkner in 1997.

Her parents Willie and Margie Hampton. Also her brothers Bill Hampton, Floyd Hampton, Granville Hampton, Avery Hampton and sisters, Dora Weiss and Dorothy Slaton.


Betty is survived by two sons:

Dan Folkner, (Debbie) – Winton, CA

Larry Folkner, (Robin) – Goldendale, WA

4 Grandchildren:

Regina Christensen, Brian Folkner, Melanie Folkner, Billy Folkner

11 Great-Grandchildren

She is also survived by her siblings: Laura Carter, Thelma Dingler, Wilburn Hampton and Wanda Rogers.


Betty was a longtime active member of First Baptist Church in Atwater. She enjoyed helping out with the Wednesday morning breakfast that the church served to the Mitchell Sr. kids. She was also active in helping with the children and during VBS.

In 1977 she became a volunteer at Merced Community Medical Center and then eventually became a Physical Therapy Aide where she retired.

She was an avid racing fan for many years. She enjoyed watching her sons Dan and Larry and also her grandsons Billy and Brian race at Merced Speedway for many years.

But most of all Betty enjoyed spending time with her family. We will miss her greatly.

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