Her live began more than 80 years ago.
She was the darling of the family being the only girl of her generation.
As time went by, she developed the smile and impish personality that was her hallmark.
She could hold the spotlight.
And she could be a modern working woman.
She captured a handsome young man while working at the USO.
And married him with her favorite "big brother" (aka cousin, aka my dad) at her side.
She laughed her way through life.
And found joy in song.
She raised three beautiful children.
And celebrated their lives through adulthood.
She danced at all their weddings.
She welcomed six grandchildren into the world and loved them beyond measure.
She was active and athletic and passed this on to her family.
Until Parkinson's stole her muscular control. But not her spirit.
When she couldn't speak, she always gave a "thumbs up" that she was doing ok.
In the end, she was hardly recognizable from that spirited, laughing, singing person we all knew, but she kept her sense of humor, her sense of self, and her belief in family to the very end.
Farewell my lovely and loving Aunt Betty.
Thank you for your life and your example.
You will never be forgotten.