Betty Louise Winters Fontana, 86, beloved mother, was called to her eternal resting place on June 8, 2017. She entered this world on November 23, 1930 in Brooklyn, MS, born to Robert and Effie Winters. She was a lifelong resident of Baker and Mrs. Betty was known for "Baker is Too Beautiful to Litter" signs on streets, City of Baker's Litter Lottery, Light Up "Baker Homes" at Christmas, Baker City Limits Signs - Buffalo and Rose, Pride and Dignity, Angels on utility poles lighting Main Street, she was the founder of the Fund Raiser and President of "Citizens for Memory Park", Christmas Lighting of Memory Park with scenes to remind all "That Jesus is the Reason for the Season" and to honor all Baker's deceased loved ones who are remembered there. (her Angels), "Take Pride in America" and a "Point of Light" National Award recognizing "Charles A. Heine Memory Park" for 1988, George H. Bush, President of the United States, she was the first woman to run for Mayor of Baker, a honorary member of Baton Rouge Metro Council and an Honorary Mayor of Baker, her name was recognized by George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, by Baker Observer Newspaper 1989 Rose and Pride & Dignity front page, the City of Baker Phone Directory -1989 and 1990 Rose and Pride & Dignity Cover, Recognition for Volunteerism by Heritage Museum and City of Baker, Mayor Rideau, "Language of the Heart" article featured in the International Rose Magazine, September1989, "Good Morning America" "Circle of Prayer" broadcast from Memory Park Flagpole honoring our military active during the Gulf War, she was nominated for the "Lady Byrd Johnson Award", the "Keep America Beautiful Award" and the "Theodore Roosevelt Award".
First and Last, the Greatest recognition came from God when He sent Jesus Christ to die for me on the cross, because He knew I was going to "Mess Up Good"!
Betty is survived by her 2 daughters, Diane C. Hampton, Susan E. Yeager and husband, Howard; 2 sons, Steven F. Fontana, and wife, Marsha, Jon A. Fontana, and wife, Donna; 6 grandchildren, Ricky Dowd, Angel Dowd Station, Bradley Tubbs, James Fontana, Steven Fontana, and Stefani Fontana Turner; 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great great-grandchild.
Betty is preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank S. "Pancho" Fontana; granddaughter, Alisha Tubbs; her parents and siblings.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, Baker, LA on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The visitation will continue on Monday, June 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. officiated by Pastor Kent Yarbrough.
The graveside service and burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Baker, La.