Betty Kelly

Heaven saved a special place for Betty Kelly, our dearest mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She departed peacefully for her journey there September 28, 2010. Born in Newton, Iowa March 24, 1926 Betty moved, at the age of 5, to California by train with her parents and older sister. They settled in Huntington Park across the street from the junior high school complete with tennis courts, where Betty spent many happy hours learning to play the game from her dad. She attended Huntington Park High School where she played saxophone in the school band. With groups of musician friends, the USO was a venue Betty had the opportunity to play during the war. Her dedicated work ethic was evident from a very young age. At 16 she would take the street car from Huntington Park to downtown LA to work part time at The Broadway in gift wrap. After graduation she found a job at Owens Illinois Glass Co and was trained as a comptometer operator. She met and married a fellow employee, Phil Peacock. Together they had two daughters, Carol and Nancy. She continued her career at Crown Zellerbach Paper Co until her retirement at age 55. After spending a few months helping care for her grand daughters, she found a second career as the office manager of Norwalk Village Mobile Home Park where she lived for 35 years. She continued to work there until nearly 82 years of age. Family was her greatest joy. She liked nothing better than to share a meal and visit, never tiring of stories of what her 5 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren were doing. She enjoyed occasional visits with her daughters to Las Vegas and other casinos to try her luck. Betty will be greatly missed by her daughters Nancy (Jeff) Webb and Carol (Dan) Livingston as well as her grandchildren and great grandchildren. A private memorial is planned to celebrate her life and all the good times shared. ********** Published: October 7, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 25