Modesto bids farewell to Bette Belle Smith

A public memorial service for Bette Belle Smith was held today at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Maj. Darvin Carpenter of The Salvation Army is officiating.

The service was expected to draw hundreds of people whom she befriended over the years. Mrs. Smith was a lifelong Modestan and widely admired for her contributions to regional nonprofit groups, clubs and organizations.

She died Nov. 29 at age 88.

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