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Bette Raub, 1923-2010
Mrs. Raub raised her family in Fullerton.
Raub, Elizabeth A. "Bette" January 24, 1923 - November 2, 2010

Elizabeth A. "Bette" Raub, 87, passed away at home Tuesday night surrounded by her family. She was born in Ft. Collins, Colorado and moved to Brea, CA in 1923 where she graduated from Brea-Olinda High School. She attended Fullerton College before joining the war effort at Santa Ana Army Air Base as a records clerk.

She met her late husband Harlan during basic training at SAAAB in 1944. Bette and Harlan eventually settled in Fullerton, CA after the war where she was proud mother of three, active in numerous charity organizations; the Lady Lions and the Etta Gamma chapter of Kappa Delta Phi.

Bette returned to work in 1959 as office manager for Harlan Raub Associates Advertising and later General Paving Company, Downey, CA.

Bette lost Harlan in 1988. On retiring in 1993, Bette moved to Benicia, CA to be close to her grandchildren.

Bette was an adventurous spirit who loved to travel, sports and roughing it. She was Harlan's trusted co-pilot while flying cross country in their plane or while crossing the Catalina Channel in their boat. She will always be remembered as a gracious hostess who elevated entertaining to a high art. She was proud of the fact she learned to ski at age 40 and continued to pursue activities with her family, sorority and volunteer organizations throughout her life.

Bette is survived by her daughter, Cynthia and son-in-law Gary Hellmuth of Benicia; sons, Rodney and wife Susan of Penn Valley, CA and Gary and wife Barbara of Poway, CA; brother, William Griffith, Riverside, CA; and grandchildren, Charles and Stephen Raub, Raina and Colin Hellmuth. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday at Loma Vista Memorial Park, 701 E. Bastanchury Rd., Fullerton, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Macular Degeneration Research. Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, 707-745-3130.

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Charlie Hale, '66 on November 10, 2010 at 3:48 PM said:

Bette amd Harlan were wonderful people. More times than I remember we took our boats up to Lake Mead and fished and would water ski. We camped out on the Lake, cook dinner and breakfast and had a great time. I will never forget the times on the Lake. They were very close friends of the family. My thoughts go out the their children, who I remember so well.
Rod Handsfield, '67 on November 7, 2010 at 4:09 PM said:

Bette and Harlan were part of my parents' circle of friends.

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