Bibiane (Bibi) Monique Bétie was born in Princeville, Quebec and lived her early life on a farm with her grandfather, parents, brother and five sisters. She would say she survived her siblings owing to her exercise regime and daily intake of vitamins and organic food. She was a regular figure in the neighborhood on her daily walk until her final days. Exercising always cheered her up.
She worked as a bookkeeper in Montreal for many years. Bibi moved to California in 1959 and her son Robert was born in October that year. A native French speaker she was often shy about her English language but was always able to find good work to keep her family going. She had a strong work ethic and worked well into her 80s. She volunteered at the Elizabeth Hospice after she retired.
Bibi married Jack Rother in 1966, and they owned office supply stores for many years in Santa Maria, Poway, Camarillo and San Diego, CA. Jack died in 1983 and she never married again.
She loved to garden and was always tending to her strawberry and tomato plants, apple, guava and lemon trees while fending off hungry birds at her Carmel Valley home. She walked to nearby St. Thérèse of Carmel church every day. She liked rollercoasters when she was a girl and was always willing to try new things like learning to swim and discovering Mexican food when she was 85.
She took a road trip to Montreal in November 2019, where her nieces and nephews all came together to reminisce with “Tant Bibi” who was always there to help them with money, a place to live, a kind word or a fun adventure.
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