Betty Ann Kortum Fernandez, 83, died on Feb. 19, 2020 at home in Yucaipa.
Betty was born in Presho, South Dakota. She lived in Pico Rivera, Sunnyvale, Canoga Park, San Luis Obispo, and Yucaipa.
Betty and first husband, Jack Ashcraft, traveled all over the U.S. during his career in the U.S. Air Force. Betty was an automotive bookkeeper who started her career doing the books for the car dealership she and her first husband, Jack, owned. Over a period of 50 years she worked for five different dealerships and was a controller and business manager for a dealership.
Betty was an enthusiastic amateur race car driver in the 70s. She raced in car rallies, autocross, oval track and a bit of drag racings. She was an avid bowler and golfer until her rheumatoid arthritis prevented her from playing. She then took up quilting and painting. These two hobbies kept her playing with color in multiple mediums until her death. She was a member of Yucaipa Valley Art Association, Cathedral City High School Band Boosters and Coachella Valley Quilt Guild.
She is survived by three children, Theresa Ashcraft-Pflum, Mark Ashcraft and Michael Ashcraft; daughter-in-law Jill Ashcraft; ex-husband Jack Ashcraft; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Margrett Kortum; brother Zane Kortum; sister Twila Kortum-Fitzpatrick; brother Harold Kortum and son-in-law Paul Pflum.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later time. Check Betty’s Facebook page for details.