Born in Racine, Wisconsin and resided in Los Alamitos, California. She moved to Southern California in 1961, with hopes of exploring the West Coast, but fell in love with the So Cal area, staying until her recent passing. She so enjoyed the mountains, beaches, and deserts and especially loved the Carmel/Monterey area.
Betty graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, majoring in physical education. She would often say to her friends and family on those cold Wisconsin January days, "Someday I am going to sit in the sun in January and see the Rose Bowl in person." Well, she did!
However, you could never take the Wisconsin out of her DNA. Every year she would recall the beautiful fall days and colors she experienced as a young person living there. She never forgot the Badger State or her devotion to the University, Bucky Badger mania, or her college days at Lathrop Hall. She continued to wear the W sweatshirts, finger spell "W", and cheer for her beloved Badgers until the final moment of every game.
Betty retired from Fullerton High School district in 1989. She taught at Sunny Hills HS, Fullerton HS and Buena Park HS.
She received her BA from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Masters Degree at California State University, Long Beach.
Betty loved reading, autobiographies and thought-provoking books such as religious diversity and the effects of culture in our daily lives, meditation, nutrition material and poetry. She was a very creative person. Often times, she enjoyed writing short children's whims, rhymes and lines that would make everyone laugh. Her humor was always present, made friends and family laugh and smile even in the most difficult of times.
She is survived by her 94-year-old sister, Violet, in Virginia, her nieces, Josie and Ann, in Oregon, WI, her partner, Vicki, and her beloved dog Bo Blitzen in Southern CA. She passed peacefully on Sept 16, 2020.
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Published in Orange County Register on Sep. 27, 2020.