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2022 Ride to End ALZ - Texas Sunday, November 6, 2022


2022 Ride to End ALZ - Texas

Bikin' for Betty

Why I Ride: for Betty Jane Mackie. Betty Jane (or Bebe as she was known to her grandkids) was born on November 3, 1937 in Reagan, TX. At the age of 17, she married the love of her life, Grant Mackie. Over the next 66 years, Grant and Betty lived in Japan, Germany, Egypt, Australia and Singapore, as well as all over the United States. They raised 3 amazing children and have 3 wonderful granddaughters. In 2020, Betty Jane was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Her loyal husband, children and grandchildren witnessed the awful effects that this disease has on someone. Luckily, her Alzheimer's never got to the point where she did not recognize us, but it was still very hard to watch. She had her good moments too, though. Despite not being able to remember the day-to-day activities, she was always able to sit down at the piano and play from memory with few or no mistakes. It was times like those that made us smile. Betty Jane passed away on April 12, 2022 in her home at the age of 84.

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