Mark and Linda Bettes
We love our Sun City Festival community, neighbors, and friends. Our new home is many miles from our original roots. Linda was born and raised in southeastern Michigan. Mark was raised in the Kansas City, Missouri area. We met in Gilbert, Arizona while Mark was in the Air Force and Linda was teaching in Mesa. Once we were married we returned to the Kansas City area where Mark was a firefighter/EMT for Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Linda was a teacher, elementary school counselor and Masters Program Counselor Educator.
After retirement, God led us back to our original meeting place of Arizona. While the transition was an emotional one at first, we knew we would meet many new friends and enjoy resort style living. Mark enjoys golfing and fishing. Linda enjoys watching KC Royals baseball, cross stitching, card making and lady putters. Together we enjoy movies, watching football, time in the pool, bowling, and time spent having fun with family, friends, and our son Ethan, who lives in Phoenix.
Our first visit was around 2007 and at the time we didn’t have imminent plans of retirement but decided to drop in anyway and see what was going on. I remember how impressed we were with the homes, the facilities and sales staff. We were also impressed with the friendliness of the people – I kept telling Ginger; “there must be something in the water - and I’ve repeated it a hundred times since:
“I’ve never met such friendly people! I think there’s something in the water and everybody’s drinking it!”