June 7, 1923 ~ April 19, 2009
CARMEL - Mrs. Betty Gottula, 85, passed away April 19, 2009 peacefully at her home. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri on June 7, 1923 and was one of two children born to the late Homer and Lura Islee Bredouw.
Mrs. Gottula attended Bradford Women's College in Massachusetts and worked at Lord & Taylor in New York City. She married John Anderson, an Air Force officer. After his death, she married Edwin Harbordt of Kansas City and lived in Egypt where Mr. Harbordt worked for the Foreign Service. After their divorce in 1962, Mrs. Gottula became a successful real estate agent in the Bay Area. In 1968 she married Ernest Gottula, a real estate broker, and in 1978 made Carmel their home.
Mrs. Gottula's husband, Ernie Gottula, preceded her in death in 1998. She will be remembered by her sister, Josephine Holmes of San Antonio, Texas; daughter, Dale Davis and her husband, Kevin of Reno, Nevada; son, Kurt Harbordt and his wife, Patty of Walkersville, Maryland; stepson, Barry Gottula, '64 and his wife, Nicki (Chute), '64 of Klamath Falls, Oregon; stepson, Marc Gottula and his wife, Sharon of Kansas City; stepdaughter, Stacy Palermo and her husband, John of Peoria, Arizona. Mrs. Gottula is also survived by four grandchildren, Lauren Davis, Kyle Davis, Leah Harbordt and Nicole Harbordt; four step-grandchildren, Mason Gottula, Jasper Gottula, Scott Gottula, Todd Gottula and his wife, Melody; and one step-great-grandchild, Edina Gottula. She also has countless friends who are blessed to have known her.
Mrs. Gottula was a bright, witty, and spirited person. She loved the 30 years of living in Carmel.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. The family requests expressions of sympathy to be in the form of memorial contributions sent to the caring people at the Central Coast Visiting Nursing Association (CCVNA) (301)372-6668 or www.CCVNA.com.
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Published in Monterey Herald on Apr. 24, 2009June 7, 1923 ~ April 19, 2009